Violin Gesture Sensing

PhD research Laurel Pardue

Violin gesture analysis is an active area of study in many research groups. This project aims to capture the nuances of violin performance through a sensor-augmented instrument, with particular emphases on low-latency, economical, portable and non-intrusive setup and applications to new forms of expression in live performance. Left-hand finger locations on each string are measured by resistive material on the fingerboard. A new method of bow position and pressure tracking has been developed based on low-cost optical reflectance sensors. One eventual aim is to produce a new expressive interface using expert violin technique to control other sound sources.

L. Pardue, C. Harte and A. McPherson. A low-cost real-time tracking system for violin. Journal of New Music Research, 2015.

L. Pardue, D. Nian, C. Harte and A. McPherson. Low-latency audio pitch tracking: a multi-modal sensor-assisted approach. Proc. New Interfaces for Musical Expression, London, UK, 2014.

L. Pardue and A. McPherson. Near-field optical reflectance sensing for violin bow tracking. Proc. New Interfaces for Musical Expression, Seoul, South Korea, 2013.