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Chris Egerton

MA work

Specialisation: Stringed-instrument Conservation


Title of project: Sounds from Silence: What are the Effective Options for Hearing Historic Musical Instruments?


My work deals with the practical and scientific conservation and restoration of historic stringed instruments of any age or origin, including early guitars, the violin family, lutes and historic banjos. Most can be restored as working instruments and used regularly in performances. Musical instruments in museums, however, are usually too rare or fragile to be played. My research addresses the methods and options available to enable us to hear those instruments without playing them. As well as new ways of capturing forms by high-tech imaging and reproducing instruments by 3D printing, modern technology offers 3D Laser-Doppler vibrometry and advanced digital sound-processing, which can be used to safely extract sound from a silent musical instrument.


Info

  • MA Degree

    School

    School of Humanities

    Programme

    MA Conservation, 2011

  • Specialisation: Stringed-instrument Conservation


    Title of project: Sounds from Silence: What are the Effective Options for Hearing Historic Musical Instruments?


    My work deals with the practical and scientific conservation and restoration of historic stringed instruments of any age or origin, including early guitars, the violin family, lutes and historic banjos. Most can be restored as working instruments and used regularly in performances. Musical instruments in museums, however, are usually too rare or fragile to be played. My research addresses the methods and options available to enable us to hear those instruments without playing them. As well as new ways of capturing forms by high-tech imaging and reproducing instruments by 3D printing, modern technology offers 3D Laser-Doppler vibrometry and advanced digital sound-processing, which can be used to safely extract sound from a silent musical instrument.


  • Experience

  • Freelance stringed instrument restorer/conservator, London, 2000-present; Freelance designer/craftsman of frames, furniture and wooden objects, London, 1990-2000; Freelance luthier/ early stringed-instrument maker, London, 1985-1990
  • Exhibitions

  • Contemporary Decorative Carved, Painted and Gilded Frames , Stephanie Hoppen Gallery, London, 1992-97; Carved and Gilded Picture Frames, Bergdorff-Goodman, New York, USA, 1995; Historic Frames, Mirrors and Stringed Instruments, The Pump Room, Bath, 1991; Early Stringed Instruments, London College of Furniture, 1984