New Technology Turns Violins into Digital Music Creators

    A pair of experimental composers and performers based in Vienna have created a device designed to expand the sonic possibilities of stringed instruments. Alessandro Baticci and Rafal Zalech, two former students at the University of Music and Performing Arts in Vienna, claim that their Digitaize system allows violinists, cellists and bassists ’to control virtual sounds, use real-time auto pitch-correction [and] live-notation’ via a sensor-based digital mapping system. The device, weighing 20g, fits underneath the instrument’s fingerboard and can be linked to software on a smartphone or computer to enable recordings and notation for composition. 

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