Date of Award

8-2014

Degree Name

Master of Arts

Department

Music

First Advisor

Dr. Daniel Jacobson

Second Advisor

Dr. David Loberg Code

Third Advisor

Bruce Uchimura

Fourth Advisor

Dr. Christopher Biggs

Access Setting

Masters Thesis-Open Access

Abstract

Technological advances in powerful, miniaturized electronics have created a growing potential to continue the evolution of string instruments through an accessible digital interface. Although many new types of instruments and controllers have explored this goal, gesture-sensing technology, when paired with the expressive nature of the bow, has provided the most eligible solution towards bridging technology and tradition. Through a selective showcase of technical development, artistic application, and future possibilities, this thesis traces the evolution of gesturesensing bow technology as an accessible digital interface in string instrument performance.

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