Crossing the Threshold
Michael Alcorn - 2002

Crossing the Threshold brings together my interest in conventional and unconventional sound materials through the interaction of musician and computer. The title relates to both musical and technical ideas of the piece. In the former case it reflects the division of musical ideas into conventional and unconventional playing techniques: throughout the piece the violin explores techniques that are on the boundary or threshold of the sound worlds of pitch and noise. In the latter case the title refers to the process of interaction: the violin is tracked by the computer and interacts with the performer when certain thresholds of loudness are crossed. The work is dedicated to Darragh Morgan and was commissioned with funds from the Arts Council of Ireland.