Having run through the process once with the Ripple Fiddle, I was ready to tackle the cello, starting with a review of the “prototype”. I met with Mia and her colleague, violinist and musical improvisor Alisa Rose, who is interested in the project. They were both delighted by the fiddle in concept, and once Alisa established that the fiddle played well enough to be performed on, they set about exploring the tonal possibilities offered by its carved surface. We were also looking for aesthetic and functional changes to make on the cello.
The main changes that were made on the cello
A new sound for violins
The ripple section in the upper bout was extended to allow more use of the güiro or washboard sound. This is one of the few new sounds ever to have been added to acoustic bowed instruments. It is a violinmakers’ attempt to catch up with modern playing styles.
It’s been an incomparable experience for me to be able to work together with other creative people. Thank you Mia and Alisa!
Mia Pixley and Alisa Rose play their composition “Ripple” on the Ripple Cello and Ripple Fiddle