Rocktober: The Science Behind Modern Rock

DuPont News, October 25, 2012
Rocktober: The Science Behind Modern Rock
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Admission Wrist Bands with DuPont™ Tyvek®
Music fans are very familiar with Tyvek® admission bands. Lightweight and durable, Tyvek® has introduced new dimensions of protection, security and safety in a wide range of industries.

Guitar Picks with DuPont™ Delrin®
The DuPont performance polymer Delrin® is used to manufacture guitar picks in a myriad of shapes and colors.

ChromaClear Vintage Lacquer Guitars
DuPont invented the ChromaClear performance coating that is now widely used by guitar manufacturers to get the look of vintage lacquer. The product dries extremely fast and offers superb buffability. The clear finish is also tough enough to withstand the everyday handling and abuse a guitar must take.

Guitar Boxes & Bagpipes with DuPont™ Corian®
Corian® solid surface allows for bolder guitar box designs and colors. It is even used in bagpipes as it has no pores for the air to escape through, so when blown through, it retains the full force. It doesn’t warp if it gets wet or suffer changes in temperature, so the notes are always on pitch.

Sheet Music with DuPont™ Melinex®
Musicians often use Melinex® polyester film to protect their sheet music from dampness and other damage.

Cables, Drums & Loudspeaker Cones with DuPont™ Kevlar®
Kevlar® is capable of producing rhythms without flinching and is often used on marching snare drums. It allows for an extremely high amount of tension, resulting in a cleaner sound. Kevlar® has also been found to have useful acoustic properties for loudspeaker cones, specifically for bass and midrange drive units. It even has been used as a strength member in audio data transmissions fiber optic cables.

Drum Pedals with DuPont™ Zytel®
By using Zytel®, intricate double bass drum patterns can be played with just one foot.

Electronic Drum Kit Pads with DuPont™ Mylar®
Mylar® is one of DuPont’s strongest transparent film products and is non-deformable, making it ideal for use in drums to handle even the most intense use.

Harmonicas with DuPont™ Teflon®
Teflon® helps air slide through harmonicas to create the familiar sound found in so many songs, from country to rock ‘n’ roll.

Neoprene Corks and Pads
Musical instrument makers have begun replacing corks not used for sealing (such as sealing the joints of a clarinet or oboe) with Neoprene. Neoprene is also readily used for drum practice pads.