I heard about Halldor Ulfarssson’s Halldorophone (above), a cello-like feedback instrument from colleague Thor Magnusson. Watching a beautifully shot a video of Hildur Guðnadóttir playing one, I had a slightly childish feeling of ‘wanting one’. Seeing her play it, I felt it might answer an itch that had spawned my PhD, and never quite been satisfied: wanting an instrument which was playable, to a degree, but also with a bit of a mind of its own. A cello-y system for negotiating music-making.
So I propositioned Halldor after a talk he gave at Sussex at the end of 2015, and followed up with an email:
… two days later he responded positively:
… and then Chris expressed an interest in getting involved too: