During the graduation show Headliners 2018 (Masters of the Frank Mohr Insitute), I performed daily with my electronic gloves and Kinect in the former sugar factory in Groningen.
I made interactive gloves and software that records the body position with the Kinect and translates that to musical information. With this system / musical instrument I play synthesizer sounds and a virtual violin, loop my voice and other sounds, and control effects.
Components: gloves with microcomputer ESP32 and capacitive touch, Kinect, Max/MSP, Ableton Live.
Still interested in body and movement. Longing for more precision: gloves in combination with Kinect? It’s always a search for a balance between freedom and restriction. What is authentic? Pre-recorded samples?
During MADtech’s 10-day visit to New York, I performed six songs at Sunnyvale in Brooklyn NYC:
Desta and I started collaborating. We composed a soundscape on her poem “Iets Paars” that can be intuitively performed with the body.
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.
I am really enthusiastic about the concepts of involving the audience in a music performance and allowing people to create music together in an intuitive way (without needing music knowledge). That’s why I started to play around with the Kinect, to track how people walk in a space, and let their movements create music. (this fascination with movement to music seems to relate to a previous project of mine: TardiSpaces)