Ingo Theoboldt

About the Work

Music Technology: Design & Development of Fibre Mutes for Brass Instruments

The research work was about finding and sourcing the appropriate materials and working out ways to establish the desired acoustic properties.

Mutes have been used for centuries and are a less known - but the more important - accessory to brass instruments. Today, they are supposed to be light, crisp and sturdy and the instrument needs to stay in tune once the mute is inserted. The back pressure should be as little as possible, so that the embouchure is not affected too much. This is a particularly challenge for the practice mute models – where you need to find the best balance between noise emission and comfort of playing.

Another task was developing techniques and tools for manufacture of the product at a larger scale. But since they are hand-made, models for rarely used instruments have been developed and can also be produced in small numbers which are still economically viable.

The result is a product which is appreciated by professional musicians world-wide.

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Exhibition Details

P.V. Thursday 12 September 2013, 6.00pm
Opens Fri 13 - Tue 18 September 2013Mon, Tue and Fri 10am-7pm, Sat 11am-5pm
Venue Spring House, 40-44 Holloway Rd, London N7 8JL