Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Scelsi/Uitti Resonators update

Scelsi/Uitti Resonators update

It has recently come to my attention that a Swiss "modification" of my resonator originally requested and created for G Scelsi, is in reality an almost exact copy of my work. The shape is practically identical to the original, the materials used are the same and the basic design features of the butterfly-winged free suspension between two strings with a swing mounting is copied.

Upon testing and comparing the copy to the original, we found that the former didn't resonate consistently on the up and down bows, with the up bow producing almost double the volume. The original produces an equal resonance at all dynamics, bow speeds, and bow placements.
Upon further examination it was confirmed that the size of the copy was 30% larger and heavier than the original, and that there were other features that might have caused volume discrepancies. Perhaps lateral rocking caused by the ring mounting on the tail is a factor.
(see comparison photo above)

The original resonators are the result of many months spent in experimentation and prototyping. Giacinto and I finally agreed to use this model for its appearance, sound quality, and volume. He subsequently handed it out to his interpreters for use in concert.
For further historical information on the original resonator, please see interview in the
Isabella Scelsi Foundation Magazine

-just scroll down to the middle of the page-

The copies, produced in Switzerland without my knowledge or permission, are based on my original resonator which G. Scelsi gave to another musician to use in a performance.

To avoid confusion, recent and ongoing production of the original Scelsi/Uitti resonators are signed on the underside of the tail. Each is tested on the instrument for consistent sound and functionality.

I would be pleased to work with the above person or any expert craftsman to reproduce the authentic version of this resonator, provided it sounds the way Scelsi wished and is credited properly.

The above photo shows the original Scelsi/Uitti resonator at top, and the heavier, wider copy underneath with the ring mounting on tail.