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In 1989 and 1990 I was the artist in
residence at Simon Fraser University's
school of electrical engineering. Jeff Koftinoff was in charge
of micro electronics on this project.
This is not how we met but this was the fire that forged our
The project was about making innovative
input devices for high quads on ventilators
and working with/creating 2 rock and roll bands.
As part of
this project we went to MIT where we saw a
film of a
violin player and a "pad " player playing
improvised new music compositions. The pad player was an
approximately 2 foot square surface that was a medi controller
with an xyz axis. It was played with Tympani mallets.
Their demure was "very serious" and stoic.
was working on the same thing but his was about 5 inches square with
an xyz axis. I had to turn in a composition with respect
to this project and I decided this was too good to be true.
So we emulated the MIT video except Jeff played his pad with q tips
and I played a very large violin. So it was similar but
backwards. We also tried to look even more serious, stoic and
took that "over the top". We thought that was funny
but in that environment maybe not.
Some pictures from the
video are on the side. It was recorded on a single 1990 SVHS
camera and solorized.