E-strings for the future musician
The symphony orchestras of the future could be saying goodbye to the
traditional wood section in favour of electronic violins, cellos and
violas. Researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in the
US are developing a series of what they call hyperinstruments.
The hyperinstrument project is designed to use technology to give extra
power and finesse to virtuoso performers. The team at MIT is focusing on
designing computer systems that measure and interpret the human
expression and feeling that goes into playing an instrument.
With the hyperviolin, the latest development in the series, it is trying
to capture the most intricate aspects of violin bowing technique through
wireless hardware technology embedded in an enhanced bow. The slight
changes in acceleration, speed, and force applied to the bow while it is
in play are measured. Then, sound synthesis software converts the data