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Violin Strings Made From Spider Silk: Amazing or Uninteresting?

Music 2012/03/05 14:00:00
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Scientists have been contemplating the potential of spider silk for years. It's as strong as high-grade alloy steel, as tough as modern polymer fiber, and extremely elastic. Now Shigeyoshi Osaki, a researcher at Japan's Nara Medical University, has developed a way to make violin strings out of the remarkable material by twisting 3,000 to 5,000 strands together in one direction, then twisting three of the resulting bundles together in the opposite direction.

Osaki wrote, "Several professional violinists reported that spider strings ... generated a preferable timbre, being able to create a new music. The violin strings are a novel practical use for spider silk as a kind of high value-added product, and offer a distinctive type of timbre for both violin players and music lovers worldwide." You can listen to a recording of a spider silk violin here.


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  • Resp 2012/03/05 16:45:18
    Amazing
    Resp
    +7
    Now I can sing "Itsy Bitsy Spider" with a violin concerto! OMFG!

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  • John Galt jr or Ron/jon 2012/03/27 10:30:35
    Amazing
    John Galt jr or Ron/jon
    I miss cat gut strings ;(
  • sammy 2012/03/16 14:40:25
    Amazing
    sammy
    What will people come up with next? :) That's a rally cool idea :)
  • Alexis Longhi 2012/03/09 12:40:18
    Amazing
    Alexis Longhi
    +1
    Amazing, but I really hate spiders.... I told my boyfriend to screw himself when we went to the pet shop and he showed me a spider in a tank -.-'' people stared
  • JayRevolution 2012/03/08 23:55:30
    Amazing
    JayRevolution
    +2
    It's amazing, but I hate spiders...
  • skull+crossbones 2012/03/08 19:36:31
    Amazing
    skull+crossbones
    Absolutely amazing. XD x
  • Magdy m... skull+c... 2012/03/08 20:43:18
  • skull+c... Magdy m... 2012/03/08 20:43:42
    skull+crossbones
    Lol XD x
  • Bubba 2012/03/08 16:27:27
    Amazing
    Bubba
    Wow!
  • Gregaj7 2012/03/08 05:36:34
    Amazing
    Gregaj7
    The spider's are forming a Union.
  • Bat Outta Hell 2012/03/08 03:00:41
    Amazing
    Bat Outta Hell
    It's amazing how strong that stuff actually is!
  • Dano 2012/03/07 22:42:44
    Amazing
    Dano
    love it
  • ✞ॐGuru Joshॐ✞ 2012/03/07 22:06:58
    Amazing
    ✞ॐGuru Joshॐ✞
    Nice.
  • Sofahead 2012/03/07 21:30:48
    Amazing
    Sofahead
    An amazing aspect is technology allows them to spin them into strings.
  • Peace Out 2012/03/07 20:15:30
    Amazing
    Peace Out
  • Amanda 2012/03/07 18:56:52
    Amazing
    Amanda
    So cool!
  • Wretha S 2012/03/07 18:26:01
    Amazing
    Wretha S
    That is cool, there is nothing that sounds like a great violinist, it takes a lot of practice and talent to be able to play well.

    Wretha
  • Stacie's Mirage 2012/03/07 17:29:11
    Amazing
    Stacie's Mirage
    +1
    That is very applesausesome!!!!
  • Reach130 2012/03/07 17:12:04
    Amazing
    Reach130
    It sounds so beautiful!
  • Get Bashed 2012/03/07 16:02:59
    Amazing
    Get Bashed
    +1
    Same goes for the person who saw that potential!
  • shadowmoon 2012/03/07 09:02:55
    Amazing
    shadowmoon
    I used to read books about spider silk and it's uses when I was little - it made me a lot less afraid of spiders. (:
  • The Storm 2012/03/07 04:15:40
    Amazing
    The Storm
    And also interesting
  • Sterling 2012/03/07 04:04:01
    Uninteresting
    Sterling
    Honestly it's cool, but not practical in any real way.
  • P. Sturm 2012/03/07 02:20:13
    Amazing
    P. Sturm
    Great. The virtuoso's say it produces a superior sound.
  • ChynaP 2012/03/07 00:02:33
    Amazing
    ChynaP
    now just imagine a some kinds of things that can b made out of spider silk, if its as strong as high-grade alloy steel what other things are possible?
  • NorseMayhem 2012/03/06 23:17:00
    Amazing
    NorseMayhem
    +2
    I can't wait for them to make spiderweb guitar strings...
  • The High School Guy 2012/03/06 13:54:05
    Uninteresting
    The High School Guy
    gives me a good reason to hate violin more
  • Soot Th... The Hig... 2012/03/08 03:11:05
    Soot The Fallen
    I sense you hate spiders.
  • MinaM8 2012/03/06 05:41:07
    Amazing
    MinaM8
    +1
    cool but I would never play that violin...
  • Mia 2012/03/06 00:57:04
    Amazing
    Mia
    That is so cool!
  • IzzieWuvvsYhu!™ 2012/03/06 00:53:31
    Amazing
    IzzieWuvvsYhu!™
    'Effing Amazing!!
  • Kathy Infectious 2012/03/06 00:24:19
    Amazing
    Kathy  Infectious
    AWESOME!
  • Clare 2012/03/06 00:15:51
    Uninteresting
    Clare
    +1
    Wrong button that's amazing.
  • Funky Monk 2012/03/05 23:30:14
    Amazing
    Funky Monk
    I'd love to get some for my violin, but I could only imagine the price tag.
  • Adam W 2012/03/05 23:17:26
    Amazing
    Adam W
    That's awesome. Imagine the possibilities for new sounds, and interpretive differences. Variety is hardly ever a bad thing, in music.
  • Vision of Verve 2012/03/05 23:12:17
  • Katie 2012/03/05 22:13:52
    Amazing
    Katie
    +1
    surely they would be to delicate!?
  • Adam W Katie 2012/03/05 23:16:03
    Adam W
    They're weaker than steel strings, but stronger than aluminum coated nylon strings, that are commonly used. Spider silk is very strong.
  • Katie Adam W 2012/03/06 22:16:38
    Katie
    +1
    amazing! (:
  • peacelovesmiles 2012/03/05 22:00:12
    Amazing
    peacelovesmiles
    I play the violin, so I think this is cool!
  • painted desert 2012/03/05 21:43:02
    Amazing
    painted desert
    +1
    Nature is amazing.

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