Seth Dominicus Thorn will introduce his alto.glove controller, its evolution, influences and impact on his own playing technique and sonic idiom. In particular, he will differentiate between lines of scientific interest in violin bowing mechanics qua technique of extraordinary depth and historical development, and practice-based research qua poetic, genealogical and continuous form of disclosure. Seth will also speak to practical issues that arise in the process of constructing elaborate mappings and sonic responses for new instruments and interfaces.
Seth Dominicus Thorn is a violinist, digital sound artist and hardware designer. His interests broadly incorporate instrument design and augmentation, musical gesture, and the elucidation of these areas through dialogue with continental philosophy. Seth was a Fulbright Scholar at the Institüt fur Philosophie at the Goethe-Universität in Frankfurt am Main, Germany. He has been invited to perform at the International Computer Music Conference, New Interfaces for Musical Expression, SPLICE Festival, New York City Electroacoustic Music Festival and the conference of the Society of Electro-Acoustic Music in the United States and is currently a finalist in the Guthman Competition at Georgia Tech. He has studied music with leading teachers, including Roland Vamos of Northwestern University, William Magers of Arizona State University, and Stephen Clapp, Dean Emeritus of the Julliard School. He recently completed his doctorate in computer music and multimedia at Brown University and is currently associate faculty in the School of Arts, Media and Engineering at Arizona State University.