By designing a new musical instrument, an Iranian designer won Bronze prize at the A’Design Awards 2015, the World’s largest design competition. Aidin Ardjomandi’s new instrument Celloridoo is a composite one, combining a chordophone which is a bowed stringed instrument and an aerophone which is inspired from Didgeridoo, an Australian wind instrument.
« I am a Didgeridoo and a guitar performer and this was the starting point of my interest for studying industrial design with a master degree », Ardjomandi said. He researched for two years about acoustic physics and musical instrument design and he designed an electric chordophone Faghan as his thesis project which was the basis of his Celloridoo, designed, as the inventor says, for creative musicians.
The aerophone part of Celloridoo is played with continuously vibrating lips to produce the drone while using a special breathing technique called circular breathing. This requires breathing in through the nose whilst simultaneously expelling stored air out of the mouth using the tongue and cheeks and the chordophone part is played with a bow. A chordophone needs a peg box, a neck and a resonance box, and an aerophone needs a pipe and a mouthpiece so the pipe under the mouthpiece became to peg box and neck to install finger board on it, and the lowest part of it became to a resonance box to install bridges, holes and keep the strings.