Jon Rose - The Hyperstring Project
  Year :   2000
  Location :   Australia
  Worktype :   Violin Modification
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  Work Details  
  The New Dynamic of Rogue Counterpoint hyperbow MIDI action hyperbow MIDI action The Whipolin The Whipolin The Front of The Whipolin The Front of The Whipolin Inside The Whipolin Inside The Whipolin The MIDI Bow The MIDI Bow The MIDI Bow and Sensorlab The MIDI Bow and Sensorlab LISTEN TO A BOW SOLO using the MIDI bow a single strung bow and the STEIM LISA programme. 1. Hyperstring represents a major step in the advancement of live interactive electronics combined with either high velocity violin playing, the cranking of the whipolin (also fitted with a signal to MIDI controller, originating from the voltage of a magnet), or the use of an amplified bow. 2. Hyperstring pushes the envelope of musical expression through the use of Midi controllers measuring the physicality of high speed improvisation. 3. Hyperstring uses three primary controllers... a sensor mounted on the violin bow which measures the bow pressure; an accelerometer mounted on the bowing arm, measuring bowing arm movement (and more importantly) speed of movement; and footpedals which are played independently by both feet... not to mention the use of analogue feed back effects (sound generated in space) 4. Hyperstring creates independent (yet physically and musically related) improvised rogue counterpoint in two, three and four parts... in real time. The continuous control of any contrapuntal lines however, still rests with the business of playing the violin, basically a monophonic instrument. 5. Hyperstring follows a long tradition of polyphonic improvisation in the musics of the world. Particularly inspirational to this project are the one man band novelties of the late 19th century street music culture and music hall; the Balinese Gamelan; the group improvisation of early trad jazz; and the essential contrapuntal skills of Palestrina, Bach, Schoenberg, etc. 6. Hyperstring does not follow the usual paradigm of drone and clone electronic music which is to expand (padding out the same sound), extend (the ubiquitous loop), or intensify (effects such as digital delay) what in essence are usually one line ideas. Hyperstring creates a volatile musical environment where the inherent subconscious intelligence of physical actions determine contrapuntal sonic events. The counterpoint of the violinists body, arms, feet and finger movements are fundamental to the language and expression of the music. 7. Hyperstring brings together some 30 years of experimentation with legitimate, historical, modern, and homemade string instruments... also known as The Relative Violin Project. These exist in any performance as real instruments (e.g. the tenor violin), modified instruments (e.g. the disemboweled cello, now known as ~The Whipolin), virtual instruments (i.e. samples from a whole range of bowed, plucked, scraped, blown, string instruments), and generated wave forms and acoustic phenomena based on strings.