I came across this video a few weeks ago and thought it worthy of a mention, stimulating to view and thought I would share it on our blog.
The Motion Project was a collaboration between a lot of clever creative people working together to create a machine that turns motion into music. This is something I touched upon a few years ago at Derooted Labs using different motion sensing open source techniques which proved to be quite effective. This was of course pre-microsoft 360 kinect days when all we had to work with was Processing patches and software such as junxion which is a Mac OSX data routing application that can process ‘sensors’ from any HID (joysticks, mice, touchscreens), MIDI, OSC, Audio, Arduino and Video device using conditional processing and remapping, with MIDI or OSC events as its output. This resulting MIDI or OSC data is then available to any audio or music software that runs on that Mac or can be send to external MIDI/OSC devices.
The client for the project, Frucor (makers of V energy drink), together with their agency Colenso BBDO, kitted-out a warehouse space for this project to grow in and gathered together a group of talented people from a number of creative fields.
A live visual spectacle with a music video being produced from the results was designed and created. Wanted it to be clear that the technology was real and actually being played live. The interface plays a key role in illustrating the idea of the instrument and its design to highlight the audio being controlled by the dancer. Design elements like real time tracking and samples being drawn on as they are played all add to authenticity of the performance. The visuals are all created live and the music video is essentially a real document of the night.
You can check out more of the tech behind The Motion Project here:
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By: Amir Ebrahimnia