A violin bow stringed with copper chords produces tones when bowed on the skin. Being a conductor by nature, it becomes the surface for the creation of sounds, an electro-dermal interface.

The human skin is the most sensitive part of this instrument. Due to its conductance reactions, there is a natural limit to regulating the modulation of sounds.
Consequently, the musician's control of the instrument equals the ability to control their own body and its affective reactions. Yet the playing on the skin is also a form of scanning one's
body and ultimately an interaction with oneself.

 

technics:

When the copper strings come into contact with the skin a circuit is closed which in turn generates sound. The small changes of the skin's conductibility - caused by reactions to outer as well as inner stimuli - are what modifies the emerging sounds in pitch and volume.

More specifically, the tones are modified by

varying the pressure of the bow on the skin
playing on different areas of the body's skin
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the changing of conductibility caused by perspiration (nervousness etc.)
sensors attached to the right hand which close further circuits and therefore allow for additional musical effects



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