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 want to thank SIGN for inviting me for their exhibition Corpora, which took place from the 18th of April until the 18th of May 2018.
For the exhibition I showed my installation in which the visitor could make music with intuitive body movements:
I have a strong feeling that I don’t want to make money with my art. My art making comes from a form of passion, joy and spontaneity. And when I would force it to create a stable income for myself, I’m afraid this pressure would destroy all of that.
| “Making money is not that hard, don’t place a burden on your precious art.” – Elizabeth Gilbert
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:
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.
The installation Our Harmony is a result of a collaboration between me and two master students from ‘New Audiences and Innovative Practices’ (NAIP) from the conservatory: Kim Bosch and Stefan Kirschbaum. For several months NAIP students and MADtech students had been collaborating to create a one day experimental music festival that we in the end called Hotch Potch. So during this festival on May 13, 2017, many visitors were walking in and out of Our Harmony. By moving their shared position people could trigger sounds and music. Only in collaboration they could really move the music. During performances, the audience was also able to interact with live musicians, and create an atmosphere together.
For a while I have dreamed to be able to play the cello. What a beautiful instrument. I searched for classes, but ended up not taking them because I didn’t have the money, time, and energy for it. I wanted to focus fully on performing, singing and composition. But this wish, and my love for the timbre of the cello didn’t go away. What if I could quickly build an intuitive instrument for myself, so that I could be able to express myself with something that comes close to a cello?
Description of my music and songs
– What makes your music / band special?
“I stumbled upon your wilderness
All of a sudden
Immersed by all your elements
While surrounded by flora and cleaned by your falls
There you are
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)
1. One person = one instrument
This is a song in progress. It was actually based on an old short musical piece which I then called “Guitar Bow Piece” because I experimented with playing a guitar with a bow. But I actually really liked the melody and atmosphere of it and it gave me the vague feeling of “opening up”. This feeling was really similar to what I have been thinking about lately.
Since I have been reading “Everyone is an Artist” and “The Ethics of Authenticity”, I started to gain a new understanding about my quest (and the modern quest in general) for living an authentic life. I even started blogging about it. But views from authors like from the books I mentioned, made me realise how much we can become obsessed by self-fulfilment, and finding our true selves, that we can become “locked in our own hearts”. The authors believe that the value of authenticity is beautiful, but they think that nowadays we tend to close ourselves off and care less for causes beyond the self. I myself was really involved in this modern quest for authenticity, and I see it around me everyday. So when having read these books, I wanted to open up a bit more to the world around me. And I think this is important for everyone. This song will be about this process of opening up.
This Wednesday I performed a new piece called “Mutations” at the Minerva Theatre. This is my first experiment with visuals to my music.
This is a new song I’ve written and worked on the last couple of months.