INSTRUMENTATION: amplified violin (1 contact microphone attached to the frog and 1 DPA violin microphone inserted through the f hole to the inside of the violin body), electronics in stereo



PREMIERE: March 10th, 2012, at Gävle Konserthus in Gävle, Sweden at the PUSH Festival, by violinist Karin Hellqvist and Malin Bång

COMMISSION: IDKA in collaboration with Kulturrådet

ABOUT: each part of the violin making process is aiming towards one sole goal – to create the most beautiful and balanced violin timbre possible. In purfling I would instead like to give attention to the fascinating sounds that already appear while the instrument is being constructed. My method was to discreetly observe the activities during the violin making, and to record everything going on; from the noisy and brutal sounds during the tree felling, to the contrasting focused atmosphere in the violin maker’s studio with sounds from small saws, rasps and gouges. The violin is our guide through the process, in a continuous interaction with its own inception. The fragile wooden sounds are enhanced by a contact microphone attached to the frog of the bow, and a small microphone that is inserted into the violin body.