INVOLUNTARY DUET – electrocuted string duo by Michaela Davies for Violin & Bass. Michaela Davies, violin, electrocution / Clayton Thomas, double bass, electrocution.
CLAYTON THOMAS – solo – double bass, mallets, sticks, bars, number plates, silence, noise, melodic inference.
INVOLUNTARY DUET wires herself and bassist Clayton Thomas to an electric muscle stimulation system which triggers strange, paroxysmal movements via electrical impulses, causing them to play their instruments involuntarily.
The EMS hardware is controlled via midi, sending electrical impulses to specific muscle points on the performers body.
Wires connected to electrodes adhere to the performer´s skin, delivering an electric current which activates their muscles and triggers involuntary movement in their limbs.
Electricity plays the musician, the musician plays the instruments.