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NEWS: Project Sisar – An instrumental upcycling ventureWhitgift student Saam Fakhim designed an extraordinary stringed instrument built around antlers for his A Level project

Date published: Thu 20 Jun 2019   Category: Academic

Lower Sixth Form student Saam Fakhim collaborated with good friend and composer, Amir Konjani, to be the client for his Design, Technology and Engineering A Level project. The composer of Oscar winning movie The Silent Child has worked with many renowned conductors and has been commissioned by the London Symphony Orchestra, BBC News, British Museum and many others.  

The project brief was to create an instrument that could be integrated into an orchestra to make composition pieces more innovative, since most orchestral instruments have remained unchanged for decades. This allowed him to devise an interactive music sculpture to explore hypermodernity within the design. The shapes used were irregular contours instead of geometrically mirrored shapes found in nearly all instruments (where the instrument is symmetrical) and this brought forward the idea of bringing an unused set of antlers and upcycling it into the heart of the project.

Saam Fakhim commented, “My client Amir has been one of my primary sources of inspiration to follow a route in Industrial or Product Design and as someone with a keen interest in art, this project allows an interesting combination of design, art and music to create something unique and original.”

The project was titled ‘Sisar’ - a Persian based name which cannot be directly translated but can be approximated to ‘30 heads’ in English. The musical instrument plays like a harp but with a totally original sound stage. Congratulations to Saam Fakhim for his innovative design and we hope this project serves as a thought-provoking and interesting piece of work to everyone who sees it.



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