Trailer for video clip of INDUSTRY, released in May 2015 on Cantaloupe Music-
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Music: Michael Gordon. Video: Marcel Wierckx. Modified violin: Monica Germino. Recording & sound design: Frank van der Weij.
"...In her fiery performance of composer Michael Gordon's "tour-de-force of slowly rising intensity" [The Daily Telegraph], violinist Monica Germino revels in pushing the signal-processed limits of her instrument in collaboration with sound designer Frank van der Weij. Filmed and edited by video artist Marcel Wierckx, Industry captures a bold, futuristic and ultimately high-voltage vision of one of the most compelling works in new classical music. At the composer’s request, Germino and van der Weij sought to create the definitive violin version of Gordon's work — a challenge that ultimately resulted in adapting the instrument solely for this piece of music. Germino performs on a modified, amplified, extreme scordatura acoustic violin, together with a battery of effects."
A personal note about Michael Gordon's Industry:
For years I have been fascinated with Michael Gordon's modern-day classic piece, Industry (written in 1993, for solo cello and distortion). He translated his vision of the cello as "an instrument made of steel and the size of a football field" into sound. The piece has an incredibly slow, intense build-up and sounds nothing like a classical solo string piece. It defies categorization. Michael asked me to create the definitive violin version of Industry, and sent me the cello score. I kept the score around and puzzled with it off and on for a couple of years. I came up with a rather extreme solution: using an adapted, amplified, extreme scordatura violin plus octave machine and distortion. I worked closely with my sound engineer Frank van der Weij to accomplish this feat. This combination of adapted violin and effects has been referred in the press to as 'elegant rock' (Trouw, NL) and 'a tour-de-force of slowly rising intensity' (Daily Telegraph, UK)
Many thanks to the FPK, the Dutch Foundation for the Performing Arts, for supporting the groundbreaking work we did in this area. --Monica Germino