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Rosenberg Interactive
Archive and realtime images from the violin bow
At the String'em Up Festival in Berlin 1998, an audience witnessed for the first time, the access, control and String'em Up
String'em Up   manipulation of live and archived images from a violin bow. Through the use of MIDI continuous controllers attached
to the bow, synchronistic dialogues and exchanges between sound and image were created. The images were derived from a String'em Up
String'em Up   live video feed or from the ever growing and ever present Rosenberg Archive of violin iconography and perversity.

'Rosenberg Interactive' is a digital archive where collections of fleshy violin iconography & post Man Ray perversity can be called up, transformed, and engaged by the interactive violin bows of Jon Rose in a truly radical, live multi-media performance.

A bove can be seen some animated images from the performance, including manipulations of the historic flying violin collection, the chinese porcelin violin, an extrapolation from the text Hey diddle diddle, the cat and the fiddle, the cow jumped over the moon, and an improvisation between two windscreen wipers and two violin bows; one of which is the MIDI bow fitted with accelerometers and pressure pad, the other was amplified.

The Rosenbergs are a dynasty of innovative violinists from Australia. The three most known artists from this family are Jo 'Doc' Rosenberg (legendary bebop violinist); Jimmi Rosenberg (country & western star, turned hard core heavy metal); and the most famous (i.e. dead) Dr. Johannes Rosenberg (composer, musicologist and experimental violin instrument decomposer).

The museum consists primarily of documentation illustrating the musical practice and obsessions of this most radical of 20 century musical enigmas, including some of the 'Relative Violin' deconstructions and the always popular 'Kitsch Violin' collection. There is a great deal of, what might be described as, surrealist satire dealing with many of the issues now facing the musical cultures of the world... a damning but humour filled critique.

Between them, the Rosenbergs deal with everything from - why there is so much really bad performance art and boring computer music, to the pointlessness of jazz education, the agony of musicologists, the pretensions of music critism, the politics of the 'culture' Industry, etc. There is massive pictorial evidence too (in case you didn't noice it yet) to support the Doctor's prediction that after the decline of communism and capitalism would come The Age of Shopping.

If you want to know 'where we are going and who is paying for the pizza after the gig'... then visit The Rosenberg Museum Exhibition the next time it is in your country. Or alternatively, go to the town of 'Violin' in Slovakia where the museum is now on show at the local football club (and I'm not making this up!); ask for directions at the railway station; or if that is too far, you can always visit the museum on line. As the reviewers of the first book about the Rosenbergs (The Pink Violin) said:

"...dares to write a new opus in the music of this confused Century..."
The Literary Review

"If this isn't what happened in the story of contemporary music, then it should have..."
The Tribune

"Music, history, and a family of perverts... it's quite disgusting and often in bad taste"
The Times Music Supplement

"Anybody who has anything to do with the music industry should read this book, and that includes sexual deviants and violinists too. Brilliant."
Music Weekly Magazine

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