Shigeyoshi Osaki from Nara Medical University made violin strings from spider silk. The strings produce a new timbre that violonists seem to appreciate. I am looking forward to listening to spider silk music and I hope Osaki gets this year's IgNobel prize for ... music?
Phys. Rev. Lett. 108, 154301 (2012): Spider Silk Violin Strings with a Unique Packing Structure Generate a Soft and Profound Timbre
We overcome the difficulties in pulling long draglines from spiders, twist bundles of dragline filaments, and succeed in preparing violin strings. The twisting is found to change the cross section sha...
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