Möbius music box – cool DIY alert
Ranjit Bhatnagar works with interactive sound installations and has exhibited in Berkeley, Belgium, Queens, New York and Brooklyn. He recently taught “Mister Resistor” at Parsons School of Design, a studio course and rock band with homemade instruments.
In fact, he’s quite accomplished at making DIY homemade instruments, and h;s made one that I find particularly fascinating: the Möbius music box.
The Möbius Strip, or Möbius Band (not to be confused with these guys) was named after August Ferdinand Möbius, a nineteenth century German mathematician and astronomer, who was a pioneer in the field of topology. Möbius helped create a little bit of a revolution in geometry – think of him as the Jimi Hendrix of Topology.
Of course we all know what a Möbius stip is all about: take a strip of paper, give it a single twist and join the two ends together. This produces a curious surface with only one side and one edge.
Ranjit has taken this concept and used it to create a pretty interesting musical instrument. It’s a music box that uses a Möbius strip as it’s source of notes. What you end up with is a tune that is played upside-down and backwards, and then just backwards, and then upside-down and backwards again. Over and over, forever.
It sounds like this:
Pretty creative, don’t you think? Maybe his next one will use a Klein bottle. Here’s a video of it in action, bonus points if you recognize the tune:
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