Victorial Counts – A case study with electronic violin bow

By Knut Guettler (Norwegian Academy of Music), Hans Wilmers (Norwegian Centre for Technology, Acoustics, and Music (NOTAM)) & Victoria Johnson (Norwegian Academy of Music)

Abstract

This paper gives a glimpse into the ongoing process of equipping a violin bow (as well as the violin itself) with electronics adequate for real-time manipulation of the sound.

In this project there exist several sound sources:

  1. the violin sound, which is picked up by built-in microphones of the electric violin,
  2. a number of prerecorded everyday sounds to be cued in by the performer during performance, and
  3. several pre-recorded series of counting, where the performer’s voice is heard.

Controlled by bow gestures these different sounds are filtered through one or more Max/MSP patches followed by playback through a quadraphonic speaker system. From time to time permutations of objects between speakers, including the movement on stage by the performer herself, take place.

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