Feb 1, 2016 | By Kira
In order to pay tribute to what was potentially the most anticipated television event of 2016—that is, The X-Files reboot, which premiered last week on Fox—French musician and 3DVarius creator Laurent Bernadac has covered the infamously eerie X-Files theme song using his unique transparent 3D printed electric violin. He’s also created an equally spooky black and white music video that perfectly captures the ghostly and sinister feeling of the original X-Files series, while showing off the stunning, one-of-a-kind design of his entirely 3D printed musical instrument.
A whopping 21.4 million viewers tuned in to the first episode of the new The X-Files series, which saw David Duchovny and Gillian Anderson reprise their roles as Mulder and Scully, special FBI agents taking on terrifying, paranormal science cases and supernatural mysteries across America. The science fiction horror series, which originally ran from 1993 until 2002 was a major hit for the Fox TV network, and even after its cancellation, has remained a cult classic to this day.
Mulder and Scully weren’t the only icons to make it into the pop culture canon: The X-Files theme song, an instrumental number composed by Mark Snow, became a hit in and of itself. In fact, a remixed version released in 1996, also composed by Snow, went straight to #2 on the UK Singles Chart, and even went Gold in France. In fact, The X-Files’ musical score was such a defining part of the show that Snow reprised is role as the new series’ composer, and 23 years later, the original theme song is as good as ever.
To celebrate both the song and the show’s revival—and to show off just how good his 3D printed violin sounds—Bernadac covered The X-Files' theme song in all its glory, complete with echo-effects, and of course, that unmistakable, high-pitched whistle.
We previously wrote in detail about Bernadac’s transparent 3D printed electric 3Dvarius, a work of 3D printing and musical art. Using SLA 3D printing technology, Bernadac and Géraldine Puel of 3DVarius created a unique violin designed to respond to the ‘strict’ expectations Bernadac had as a professional music. “His goal was to create a unique design, inspired by the shape of a traditional violin (the Stradivarius), and refining the forms and supports to obtain a more aesthetic design, that is simpler, lighter and transparent,” said Puel.
The result is a truly stunning 3D printed electric violin that looks as good as it sounds, and recreates the original X-Files theme song like you’ve never heard it before. Check out the entire video, shot by Puel, below. Mulder and Scully would probably tell you to Trust No One, but when it comes to 3D printed muscal instruments, you can trust us--it's definitely worth a listen.
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