Thursday, March 10, 2011

The Stringless Cello update

With technology advancing at quantum speeds, I am discovering the importance of designing systems and objects with change in mind. For example, I asked Eric Jensen to design my electric cello in replaceable parts knowing that the electronics would leap ahead in just a few years- so we ended up with an instrument in which everything can be dismantled and the electronics stripped out and updated. With the stringless cello, I am discovering that replacement and upgrades are needed in ever shorter time frames. Lex van den Broek, who is masterminding the electronics and wiring is on top of the game with continual updates in hardware and function. In combination with Johan van Kreij, composer who is a wizard at MaxMSP, they make up a dream team in getting this project on stage. I am so excited to work with them and to be nearing the finish line!