Leonardo da Vinci was considered to be one of the greatest inventors and was also an artist, so we can’t say that we’re too surprised that some of his creations blended technology and art into a since creation. The viola organista was one of his creations, although it was merely a concept which was never built, at least until today thanks to a Polish musician by the name of Slawomir Zubrzycki who spent a good 5,000 hours making this instrument a reality. Speaking at the instrument’s unveiling at the Academy of Music in the southern Polish city of Krakow, Zubrzycki was quoted as saying, “This instrument has the characteristics of three we know: the harpsichord, the organ and the viola da gamba,” and sure enough we’re finding it a bit hard to disagree.
The result is an instrument that has the ability to make it seem as though a small orchestra was playing, although in reality it’s pretty much a one man show. Surprisingly enough it sounds pretty good, although we can imagine how difficult it must be playing it, and that one would probably need some pretty decent music theory and practice to pull it off. If you’re wondering how the end result sounds like, you can check it out in the video above. Pretty amazing, huh? How many of you guys would love to have a go at this thing?
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