They design an “acoustic mask” with plastic palms to enjoy concerts

The prominent Hungarian conductor Ivan Fischer has submitted a masks against him coronavirus with two plastic hands that are attached to ears and that enhances the music experience at a concert.

The mask features two life-size hands made of transparent plastic that are placed around the ears and that serve to improve the perception of sound, according to the director of the Budapest Festival Orchestra (BFZ).

“The mask has generated international interest from Japan and China to European and American countries such as the US and Mexico,” the BFZ press officer, Adél Tossenberger, explained to Efe today.






Fischer, in a video in which he presents his invention, recalls the ideas of composer Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart that “we must turn necessity into virtue”. “Now many use masks, something they consider a necessity, which at the same time offers a possibility to improve acoustics,” explains the renowned director of the BFZ.


Its creator assures that the music sounds “warmer and stronger”

The conductor remembers that by putting his hands cupped behind his ears, the music sounds “warmer and stronger” and that is why he has invented “the mask to improve acoustics”. The two transparent hands offer a sound “that will be much more beautiful”, while the mask has a special design.

Fischer expresses the hope that many will come to concerts in such masks to enjoy “more beautiful music.”

A model of the mask devised by the conductor Ivan Fischer (BERNADETT SZABO / Reuters)




The masks are already on sale at the BFZ office for a price of 22 euros (about $ 26). “We have received a message from a person who considered the invention a genius and thought that Iván Fischer should be nominated for the Nobel Prize,” Tossenberger said with humor.

The press officer added that there are people who consider the mask as a symbol of the pandemic, while others buy it as a decoration object.


The masks are on sale for 22 euros

“A customer who bought the mask, has wanted something similar for a long time, because he hears badly and always put his hands behind his ears to enjoy the concerts,” he explained.

The BFZ returned to performing for the public in September after a six-month hiatus during the pandemic. Those attending their concerts should wear masks during concerts as a preventive measure.

A couple tries on the mask devised by the conductor Iván Fischer in Budapest

A couple tries on the mask devised by the conductor Iván Fischer in Budapest (BERNADETT SZABO / Reuters)




The director is a determined propagator of the use of masks and in another video draws attention to the fact that spectators will only be able to attend the concerts of the BFZ without symptoms, after disinfecting their hands when entering the building and with the proper use of the masks throughout the recital.

“The spectators of the BFZ, who are very intelligent people, know very well that the masks that are used under the nose are useless at all”, draws attention, with a tinge of humor, to one of the most erroneous customs general use of masks.

“If someone uses it below the nose, we will ask them to turn it up and if they don’t, I will suspend the concert. I will be very severe “, the artist advanced.



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