Author

Boyt

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

Keywords

Gesture-sensing, music, technology, bow, string instrument

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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