New publication: Performing the Electric Violin in a Sonic Space

I am happy to announce that a paper I wrote together with Victoria Johnson has just been published in Computer Music Journal. The paper is based on the experiences that Victoria and I gained while working on the piece Transformation for electric violin and live electronics (see video of the piece below).

Citation
A. R. Jensenius and V. Johnson. Performing the electric violin in a sonic space. Computer Music Journal, 36(4):28–39, 2012.

Abstract
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.

PDF
The PDF will be available in the University of Oslo public repository after the 6 month embargo. Until then, it is available through either MIT Press or Project MUSE.

BibTeX entry
@article{Jensenius:2012,
Author = {Jensenius, Alexander Refsum and Johnson, Victoria},
Journal = {Computer Music Journal},
Number = {4},
Pages = {28–39},
Title = {Performing the Electric Violin in a Sonic Space},
Volume = {36},
Year = {2012}}

Video
Video of the piece Transformation.

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Alexander Refsum Jensenius is a music researcher and research musician living in Oslo, Norway.