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