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Digitally Enhanced Cello from Vienna (MP3)

A solo performance from Alexandr Vatagin

There is much digitally enhanced cello music today, and well there should be. The world we can trace back at least to Hank Roberts and David Darling has expanded widely, deeply, and in many directions. Few musicians go as far with their instrument as the Vienna-based Alexandr Vatagin, whose laptop-enhanced playing rarely bears much resemblance to its sonorous source material. In its place are sinuous sine waves and all manner of light mechanistic experimentation (MP3). This recording, posted recently as part of the Crónica label’s excellent podcast, was recorded back on September 3, 2010. The music is drawn from Vatagin’s album Shards.

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Originally posted for free download at, where it is entry number 97. More on Vatagin at

By Marc Weidenbaum

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