Resonance Front

Resonance Front for resonance guitar, ambisonic spatialization and electric guitar, explores the use of the harmonically-rich timbral structure of a heavily distorted guitar as a driver for the multi-channel resonance guitar.

The resonance guitar features dual electromagnetic pickups and a 6-channel piezo bridge, allowing external and computer-mediated audio input to excite the strings of the guitar. At the same time the traditional performance practices of the guitar are left intact, allowing the performer to engage the external forces as desired.

Resonance Front is spatialized using a dynamic ambisonic spatializer written in Max/MSP, separating each string's output into a discrete sound object that is in turn moved around the multi-channel environment based on pre-defined and improvised spatial paths.

This work was premiered at the CCRMA Fall Concert at the Center for Computer Research in Music and Acoustics, Stanford University, on November 29, 2012.


Composition and Programming: Rob Hamilton

Resonance Guitar: Edgar Berdahl