composing with piezo

I’m currently doing a PhD in composition, within the DocArtes program, at the Orpheus Institute, in Ghent (BE).

My research concerns the composition of instrumental music implemented with specific use of piezoelectric microphones – low cost and low fidelity contact microphones. I’m exploring this technology not only to disclose and amplify the instrumental sound but also to produce new sounds, through a reinterpretation of some instrumental gestures, such as glissando, tapping, scraping, etc, produced by playing with the microphone directly on the instrument. 

In my piece Sistema di Prossimità piezoelectric microphones are used extensively to explore string instruments.