Instruments From The Inside

Part of a small offering served up on Lost At E Minor last month, just seen this post was still doing the rounds on twitter, so thought I’d get it up on here as well. These stunning shots are the work of one Miersa Kluska, who was commissioned for these creations by the Berlin Philharmonic. More info on the concept creators, designers et. al up on

The thing about instrument design is how even the smallest change affects the output. The position of the bridge, the mixture of materials used to connect adjoining pieces, the 0.3 degree difference in an arch – it all affects the sound and the way it can be used. I was one of many who learned this the hard way but ripping the frets out of a bass and repairing with putty and epoxy a la Jaco Pastorius school of guitar care. Legends such as Brian May and Tom Scholz have passed players equal standing and even built their own instruments from scratch to get their unique sounds, and a proper knowledge of where it then comes from.

The level of detail in these shots is crazy good, especially when you consider that no one is ever meant to see the inside of these instruments. At the end of the day, while no one sees these innards, the shapes and design inside them are what create the personality of each one, the creator has to take time and pride with every element, visible or not. There’s a lesson in there somewhere for city planners and future architects.

via Lost At E Minor
There’s something other-worldly about these shots by Mierswa Kluska for the Berlin Philharmonic, which take a fascinating perspective from within the acoustic instrument. The internal landscape draws parallels to the architecture of buildings, and with a bit of imagination you can almost feel the unique tone and life of each acoustic instrument just by looking inside them.