TOOLS FOR THE MUSIC OF TOMORROW

“Bebop was about change, about evolution. It wasn’t about standing still and becoming safe. If anybody wants to keep creating they have to be about change.” — Miles Davis

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Project Title
Liberato
Material
PLA (Biodegradable 3D Printer Filament)
Publication
UC Berkeley Arts+Design Book, Griffith Moon 2016
3d printed clarinet

WHY

The music we play is grounded in a tradition of innovation, of pushing the status quo further and exploring new possibilities. Why shouldn’t our instruments do the same? Liberato is a project that combines a foundation of knowledge from conventional areas of musical instrument manufacturing with the efficiency and increased precision of emerging technologies.

3d design CAD music
3D Printed musical instruments

WHAT

The first generation of Liberato instruments consists of a collection of prototypes, designed from scratch over many iterations of testing and tweaking to find what works best — just how instruments have always been made. The difference is that Liberato instruments are made with the precision of digital prototyping and 3D printing, using a growing knowledge base of exactly how different parameters and materials contribute to the tone.

This is a step in a direction towards a future of openness and accessibility for musical instruments.