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The Overtone Violin is a radically augmented musical instrument that preserves the traditions of violin technique while adding a whole new set of possibilities for the musician.
The rationale behind the development of the instrument was to keep the expressive elements of the expert violinist, while incorporating the added benefits of gestural controllers via embedded sensors. Any instrument can be augmented to different degrees through the addition of extra sensors; such hybrid instruments offer musicians the familiarity and expressivity of their chosen instrument along with the extended control afforded by the sensors. There are two ways, however, in which the Overtone Violin differs from most hybrid instruments. First, the extra sensors are used to capture a completely separate (yet complementary) set of gestures, rather than just acquiring traditional skills of the performer. Second, it is designed and built from scratch to be an entirely new, specialized instrument that continues the evolution of the violin, rather than retrofitting an existing instrument. The philosophy of this approach is to use gesture sensors to add new functionality to the instrument, in addition to capturing traditional playing techniques with as much nuance as possible - using optical pickups to accurately sense the vibrations of the strings, which virtuosos have spent years perfecting. In fact, the Overtone Violin can be viewed as two components tightly integrated into one: it is both a traditional (electronic) violin, and a gestural computer music controller.
(from : http://www.create.ucsb.edu/~dano)
PhD candidate and Lecturer in the Media Arts and Technology program and theCenter for Research in Electronic Art Technology at UC Santa Barbara. He studied electronics engineering and music (violin performance) at CSU, Chico, and has a Masters from the Media Laboratory at MIT, where his thesis focused on the development of a novel interface called the MATRIX