Duet for Violin and Biofeedback

Christopher Rhodes (Composer)

Research output: Non-textual formComposition


Duet for Violin and Biofeedback is a live interactive piece, for
Violin and Tape, which uses new wearable sensor technologies
(biosensors) to explore the relationship between performer and
performer biometric data. The piece incorporates the term ‘biofeedback’ for this reason. The piece is in two parts. The first
movement allows for the performer to play from a score, in unison with a Fixed Media recording, which uses the acousmatic
medium to relay sounds inspired from trends observed in studied biometric data. The second movement, however, allows the
performer to interact with the piece: deciding its structure and
dictating how the piece will sound. They do this by wearing a
biosensor, to perform novel gestures (created via machine learning before the performance), which aect playback and musical
parameters of the Tape. Ultimately, this piece aims to explore
the discourse between music inspired by biometric data and music composed from biometric data.
Original languageEnglish
Publication statusPublished - 29 May 2019
EventSound and Music Computing Conference - University of Malaga, Malaga, Spain
Duration: 28 May 201931 May 2019
Conference number: 16


  • Music
  • Composition
  • Biometric
  • Data
  • EMG
  • Myo
  • Violin
  • Acousmatic
  • Fixed Media


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