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Science promises smooth bowing action for shaky violinists

The New Scientist, essential reading for string players, reports a breakthrough in delivering a smooth bowing action.

The only drawback is that it doesn’t, at this stage, involve a stringed instrument.

The O-Bow uses optical sensors to track the movement of a real violin bow across a groove in a metal instrument. The sensor detects the bow’s angle and speed to drive the production of digital music in a connected computer. Notes are created using a separate keyboard.

You can listen to it here.

Hmmm… maybe not … yet.



image: Dylan Menzies

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