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The Viola Cloning Project is a one-man, one-viola, seventy-five-effect-pedal band. Using loop recorders and harmoniser pedals in particular, a single instrument becomes a full string and percussion orchestra. It is the brainchild of Richard Grantham, a classically-trained composer and band-hardened multi-instrumentalist based in Brisbane, Australia.

Richard Grantham
(Photo credit: Monique Bartkowiak)

His instrument of choice is a carbon-fibre Luis and Clark viola, which has been customised with the addition of a fifth (E) string. Looping gear is in a state of constant flux but a photo will come sooner or later.