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greg dahlen

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Put some fluid inside a musical instrument for a different sound?

since I drink a lot of milk, sometimes I like to drum on the empty plastic milk containers for fun. Today I was drumming on a couple that still had milk in them, and the sound was different from an empty one, more fluid and sweet. It made me think a musician or designer of musical instruments could put fluid inside drums, or other instruments such as guitars, for a different sound?

What I'm thinking is put a chamber inside musical instruments that you could put varying amounts of fluid into, you could experiment with different fluids and amounts of fluid. Possibly the chamber could be removable. Or is it a bad idea, is what you want reverbation in air rather than fluid?

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  • May 24 2014: Sure, could be done but remember this is already what is happening with say a guitar. There you have a resonant cavity filled with air, a fluid. A different fluid will resonate a different way although you must also consider that you now have two fluids interacting at an interface between the new fluid in say the guitar and the air in which you sit. Unless of course you and the instrument are totally submerged in the new fluid, like playing music underwater.
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      May 24 2014: so air is considered a fluid, Frank? What makes something a fluid? Could one consider anything a fluid, for example, could one consider a rock a fluid because it probably does slightly move or change in reaction to events around it?

      Would you mind clarifying what you meant here: "you now have two fluids interacting at an interface between the new fluid in say the guitar and the air in which you sit."

      I like the idea of playing music underwater. I'm going to look for YouTube videos of that. What is your connection to music?