Silicon, Silica and Silicones in Music and Musical Instruments

Thursday, October 13, 2016: 10:45 AM
Rm 303 (David L. Lawrence Convention Center )
Stephen Clarson, Dr., University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati, OH and Lauren Ianni, ROLI, London, United Kingdom
The beginning of the twenty first century is a time of innovation and of renewal for music, for musical instruments and for the music industry. In this oral presentation, we will discuss how advanced materials are changing mankind’s interactions with the field of music [1,2]. In particular, we will describe how silicon, silica and silicones are being applied in a musical context. We will show that silicone rubber offers unique properties for use at the human-instrument interface in modern keyboards. Some aspects to be covered will include old instruments [3], new instruments [4,5] and modern sound recording technologies [6].



[1] Royal Academy of Music (1958) Rudiments and Theory of Music. The Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music, London, England

[2] Mellers WH (1987) Music in a New Found Land: Themes and Developments in the History of American Music. Oxford University Press, New York, USA ISBN: 0-19-520526-x

[3] Gilmore B (1998) Harry Partch: A Biography. Yale University Press, New Haven, CT, USA ISBN: 0-300- 06521-3

[4] Taylor B (2011) Guitar Lessons: Turning Passion Into Business. John Wiley & Sons, New York, NY, USA ISBN: 978-0-470-93787-7

[5] www.roli.com

[6] Lanois D (2010) Soul Mining: A Musical Life. Faber & Faber, New York, NY, USA ISBN: 978-0-86547- 984-5