Just arrived from this years ICMC staying for just a couple of days.
The most important thing was the poster-demo of the brand new sensorbow made by Hans Wilmers at Notam and Knut Güettler at NMH and myself.
We presented two different bows with with accelerometers in three directions and gyroscopes. One of the bows have an AAA battery and pressure sensor, and the other one with a smaller and lighter rechargeable battery and a pressure-button.
My role in this was to control the maxpatches and demonstrate how the different parameters could be controlled by a violinist.
A big challenge is the connection with the bow and the computer through blue-tooth.
When using the extern bluetooth-dongle too many mobile-phones and other bows turned up, and our two bows were not recognized.
It helped to use the build-in bluetooth.
Another challenge is the bow looses contact to the computer, and all processes stops.
We are not totally sure about the reason for this, but a theory would be some problems with the serial port.
The day before I had the pleasure to be in BEAMfondation,s Keith MacMillan,s demo of his brand new stringport and his K-bow. I saw a demo of the K-bow at this years NIME too, and I am convinced that he has come up with many good solutions on some of the challenges with the sensorbow.
The bow is very ligt because weight is taken out on a carbon fibre bow, and his pressure-sensor is easy to reach. It seems that he has solved the problems with the very sensitive bluetooth connection. I was trying his bow and it felt confortable despite of the electronics packed in in a small box at the frog.
During my stay in belfast I visited SARC and the fantastic hall covered with loudspeakers.
I saw both works electroacoustic video-works video, sound installations and some concerts.
I had a discussion about my project with Jan Schacher from Zurich University of the Arts.
I mentioned my attempt to develop new repertoire for electric violin, and he said that ist seamed that the methods of interaction with the computer seamed more important to me.
I think he is right in some sense, I am more into how to fill up the buffers,the variety of sounds and how to navigate through different parameters in my electronics.