Prosjektet Sverm tar utgangspunkt i det som skjer når vi nærmer oss fraværet av bevegelse og lyd: stillstand og stillhet. I dette grenselandet finner vi det vi kaller mikrobevegelser og mikrolyd, de minste bevegelsene og lydene vi klarer å produsere og oppfatte.
Transformation is an improvisation piece for electric violin and live electronics. It is based on the idea of letting the performer control a large collection of sound fragments while moving around on stage.
- Alexander Refsum Jensenius
- Victoria Johnson
- Performing the Electric Violin in a Sonic Space (2012)
- A video based analysis system for realtime control of concatenative sound synthesis and spatialisation (2010)
Teknisk raider for Victoria Johnson
- 3 til 4 veis p.a. av topp kvalitet størrelse tilpasset lokale (generøs mengde subwoofere)
- 2 – 4 fulltone p.a høytalere samme merke / karakter som frontsystem (surround system)
- 4 scenemonitorer 3 – 4 kurser (Monitor Victoria/Thorolf), gjerne Genelec
- 6 D.I.-bokser (BSS/Klark Teknik)
- 1 beta 58, introduksjonsmikrofon.
- Digital eller analog mikser av topp kvalitet, Soundcrafft Vi4, Midas..
Om analog mikser:
- 6 x 31 bånds eq
- 4 linjer kompresjon
- 1 høykvalitets klang TC m3000 el lign.
- 1 digital delay
- 1 bra lydtekniker til å bruke dette utstyret
Hvis bruk av video:
- Lang vga kabel
- Notestativ med lys
- To bord
Label: Victoria Johnson / Farbror Melker Records
Artists: Victoria Johnson, Diemo Schwarz, Peter Tornquist
Suspended Beginningsis a duo with Diemo Schwarz. The duo has collaborated since 2008 playing concerts at Landmark in Bergen, Sound of Mu Oslo, NIME conference in Oslo 2011 and Malmoe, Sweden.
- Three improvisations by Victoria Johnson (electric violin) and Diemo Schwarz (CataRT), recomposed by Mats Claesson
- Electra and Multimorf II by Knut Vaage
- To the Ground by Alwynne Pritchard
- Improvisation with Peter Tornquist (laptop)
1. Suspended Beginnings I 06:55
2. Suspended Beginnings II 03:49
3. Improvisation 10:40
4. Multimorf II 08:56
5. Electra 14:10
6. To the Ground 11:26
7. Suspended Beginnings III 07:03
By Alexander Refsum Jensenius (University of Oslo, Department of Musicology) and Victoria Johnson (Norwegian Academy of Music)
This article presents the development of the improvisation piece Transformation for electric violin and live electronics.
The aim of the project was to develop an “invisible” technological setup that would allow the performer to move freely on stage while still being in full control of the electronics.
The developed system consists of a video-based motion-tracking system, with a camera hanging in the ceiling above the stage. The performer’s motion and position on stage is used to control the playback of sonic fragments from a database of violin sounds, using concatenative synthesis as the sound engine. The setup allows the performer to improvise freely together with the electronic sounds being played back as she moves around the “sonic space.”
The system has been stable in rehearsal and performance, and the simplicity of the approach has been inspiring to both the performer and the audience.
Watch and listen
- Transformation (video)
- Performing the Electric Violin in a Sonic Space – 2012 (PDF) 0,5 mb
Kritisk refleksjon over kunstnerisk utviklingsarbeid. Stipendiatprogrammet for kunstnerisk utviklingsarbeid ved Norges musikkhøgskole, Oslo 2011
Prosjektet “Electric violin in Digital space” bestod av fire hovedemner, og hvert område har sine spesifikke problemstillinger:
- Utforskning av kunstnerisk potensiale i el‐fiolinen
- Kunstnerisk bruk av musikkteknologi, særlig arbeid med elektronisk lydbehandling og live styring
- Utvidelse av utøverrollen med vekt på medskapning
- Formidling og utvidelse av konsertformatet
- The critical reflection: Electric violin in Digital space – kritisk refleksjon (In Norwegian) – 2011 (PDF)
- Final Evaluation Report from the Evaluation Committee / Sluttinnstilling – 2011 (PDF)
This was the blog for Victoria Johnson, when she was a research fellow within the Norwegian Research Fellowship for the Arts Programme at the Norwegian Academy of Music (NMH) 2007-2010.
Project: Electric violin in digital space
The name of the project is Electric violin in digital space, exploring how to develop a new digital space where the electric violin meets electronics, video and light.
The research focused on development of new repertoire and improvisations, and extension of the sound palette for electric violin. I experimented with different concert forms, spaces and venues. I also did research on different software and controllers.
By Alexander Refsum Jensenius (Department of Musicology, University of Oslo) & Victoria Johnson (Norwegian Academy of Music)
We report on the development of a video based analysis system that controls concatenative sound synthesis and sound spatialisation in realtime during concerts.
The system has been used in several performances, most recently Transformation for electric violin and live electronics, where the performer controls the sound synthesis and spatialisation while moving on stage.
By Knut Guettler (Norwegian Academy of Music), Hans Wilmers (Norwegian Centre for Technology, Acoustics, and Music (NOTAM)) & Victoria Johnson (Norwegian Academy of Music)
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:
- the violin sound, which is picked up by built-in microphones of the electric violin,
- a number of prerecorded everyday sounds to be cued in by the performer during performance, and
- 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.