Lily Chen demonstrating traditional plucking techniques

Hypochondriasis (2014)

Hypochondriasis is for chin (guqin) and live electronics. Chin is an ancient Chinese 7-string zither normally played by plucking with fingers. This piece is my first work to use electronics. For the first experiment on electronics, I choose the chin as the instrument since it’s one of the instruments I’m familiar with. However, the chin is a very personal instrument due to its soft volume and subtle timbral changes, so amplification becomes an important element and thus creates a new kind of environment, an augmented chin.


…sicut aurora procedit (2015)

…sicut aurora procedit is the composition created by Maija Hynninen for a multidisciplinary work Pix grace – Rosin. The work was conceived by violinist Mirka Malmi, composer Maija Hynninen and aerialist Ilona Jäntti during 2013–15. Interaction between the group members was tight, each producing demo material for the rest of the group to see and discuss. The name Rosin came from the idea of rosin combining the two, violinist and aerialist. By friction rosin creates a contact surface between the bow and strings, the hands of the aerialist and the trapeze.

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MMJ tips and tricks - 2014 edition

Posted by Jeff Lubow on July 13, 2014

Here is a rolling list of tips and tricks for people as we move through the course. Please add to this as you see fit w/ comments.

Here's an initial tip:

option-click the leftmost inlet for a list of attributes and messages, including all box attribute messages (prevents having to look them up).