Mar 6, 2016 | By Kira
French musician and 3DVarius creator Laurent Bernadac is back with a brand new music video featuring his one-of-a-kind 3D printed electric violin. This time, he’s used his unique instrument and multifaceted musical talent to cover U2’s unforgettable With or Without You, from their 1987 album, The Joshua Tree.
Bernadac’s 3DVarius was created using precise SLA 3D printing technology and designed with Bernadac’s strict expectations as a professional and classically trained musician. While the shape was inspired by the traditional Stradivarius violin, its entirely modern construction gave it a complex and futuristic aesthetic, paired with stunning sound quality. The result is a technically advanced, one-of-a-kind 3D printed instrument that looks just as good as it sounds.
Previously, Bernadac used his 3D printed violin to cover the X-Files theme song, as a tribute to the cult-classic TV show’s revival. This time, he’s gone for a tune with much broader appeal: U2’s With or Without You. This classic rock love song has been listed on Rolling Stone magazine’s “500 Greatest Songs of All Time” list, and is one of the bands most covered songs ever.
While the original 1987 U2 music video is dark and moody, Bernadac’s latest clip was shot in a wide-open field under sunny skies. The filmmakers even used an airborne drone for some of the shots, which managed to capture some great overhead and birds-eye-view footage of the outdoor space. Géraldine Puel, who collaborated on the 3DVarius’ design and has produced Bernadac’s previous videos, is listed as the video's producer.
Replacing Bono’s vocals and The Edge’s famed guitar riffs, Bernadac has once again assumed the role of one-man-band, using his 3D printed violin, a cajon drum, and some impressive audio layering to capture a dynamic range of sounds. To see the stunning 3D printed 3DVarius in action, check out Laurent Bernadac’s video below:
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Eric Swenson wrote at 3/6/2016 3:12:56 PM:
I would like to have seen some video of the recording session. It’s obvious that the sound and visuals were recorded separately (the sound and visuals don’t match) and that the violin’s sound was electronically enhanced. As a person who is both trained on string instruments and having worked in sound production, I would have like to see exactly what was done to get the sound.