Intuitive Body Instrument @ Healthy Ageing Festival

On september 29th, I demonstrated a work-in-progress version of my newly built instrument at Healthy Ageing festival in Groningen.  I experimented with translating body movements to violin sounds. With the installation / musical instrument that I demonstrated on the festival, people could play a virtual violin with arm movements, and trigger background ambience with body position.

This experiment came out of my interest to make music with intuitive body movements, similar to my previous works Our Harmony and Phone Cello. I built this instrument with Kinect, Delicode_NI_Mate, Max 7, and Ableton Live 9.

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Performance @ DOT, Groningen

On September 24th, I performed at DOT in Groningen. It was a nice sunny day, so me and several other musicians performed outside on a terrace.

However, I felt uncomfortable in this setting. People were enjoying the sun, all of them having loud conversations. Many children playing. And I was there, making noise, disturbing their conversations in the sun. The other musicians were mostly songwriters with guitars and sometimes with violinists. What they did felt like it suited the nice and sunny day with the people on the terrace. But my music has deep bass, sometimes heavy emotions, and beats, and doesn’t suit that vibe at all. I just felt out of place, and couldn’t get my message / feeling across. It felt like a nice and sunny entertainment event, which is not a bad thing. But it just feels like I should have brought my guitar, and sung songs about lost boyfriends, and make remarks about good beer, but that’s not my thing. Lesson learnt: learn more about the event, environment, and the type of audience. And even though some people view me as a singer songwriter, I think I don’t fit in an event between singer songwriters.

Helping Richard Bolhuis with Performance

Helping Richard Bolhuis with building up his performance in a church

Today I joined Richard’s team to help with his performance and see and learn from how he does things. I find his work and vision very inspiring, so I thought it could be valuable to see his ways of working.

Every year a performance by Richard is organised in a church in a small village called Oostum. It is a magical place, very beautiful, in the countryside, with a very small church.

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Web Spaces @ Ars Electronica & GOGBOT, soon exhibited in a gallery near you!

This September I’ve exhibited Web Spaces internationally at Ars Electronica. Due to insurance reasons I wasn’t able to exhibit the precious metal Web Space of Google or Facebook, but I did show some colourful PLA prints. During the festival I’ve also seen quite some people successfully and enthusiastically interact with the Web Spaces interactive installation. I’m always glad when people are able to overcome the initial obstacle of the gamepad, because not everyone is familiar with this interface. I also had my interactive installation up and running at the GOGBOT festival because I received a nomination for the BLINK Youngblood Award. Unfortunately both events were on exactly the same days so I couldn’t personally attend both. Therefore, only pictures from the setup at Ars Electronica:

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