Dancers become canvases for animated geometries, spawning abstract flurries of shapes and particles above them, in the computer vision-driven choreography in Nosaj Thing’s new video “Eclipse/Blue.” The dance seems perfectly calibrated to Nosaj Thing’s dreamy, polished production and the delicate vocals of Kazu Makino (Blonde Redhead).

This is not Kinect – it just isn’t fast enough. Daito Manabe uses the Point Grey cameras, which operate at higher speeds.

To me, oddly, some of the most beautiful moments come toward the end as the dancers become darkened silhouettes. To their credit, Daito Manabe and creators directly acknowledge the work that inspired this: Klaus Obermaier’s “Apparition,” built with the Ars Electronica Futurelab. In some ways, that work is more aesthetically focused, though the musical content sends the work in a different direction. Here, the actual visual content is more developed and fanciful, as in Manabe’s rendition takes on its own character.

But – you can compare for yourself. Of course, part of what yields mature work is doing just this, creating a trope on a previous work. Look at the inspiration:

The project is supported by the Intel-funded, VICE-produced platform The Creators Project. More specs on the video:

The official music video for Nosaj Thing’s “Eclipse/Blue,” by Daito Manabe, takcom, Satoru Higa, and MIKIKO with support from The Creators Project.

“Eclipse/Blue,” featuring vocals by Blonde Redhead’s Kazu Makino, is the first single off Nosaj Thing’s upcoming album Home (out 01/22/13).

The Creators Project accordingly has interviews with the artists and more details:
Witness Daito Manabe’s Surreal Dance Experience For Nosaj Thing’s “Eclipse/Blue” [Exclusive Video Premiere]

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  • Justin

    I’d love to see some examples of work that moves beyond using dance as a moving 2D projection surface, the dance itself reduced to a study of silhouette and figure. Dance lives in 4 dimensions and concerns itself with qualities, time, space, dynamics, weight, intention, that are almost never amplified by these visual experiments.

    • I agree, although some of what you’re describing must absolutely move to the choreography, not just the technology. That level of choreographic intent is what I’m generally missing – and could employ simpler tech visually, even.

  • netch

    Obermaier’s work is fantastic. Looks like he uses eMotion.

  • onar3d

    Most beautiful thing I’ve seen in a long time, both Manabe and Apparition.

    I’m finally beginning to see some aesthetic completion – works that stand by their own merit, not just as tech demos. It’s also a nice break from the me-too projection mapping and dubstep wobbles I’ve been saturating my senses with recently 🙂

    Gives me a lot of motivation to start my day working on my own stuff, thank you very much!!!

  • Wow amazing,

    Anybody have a clue on which camera from point grey they could be using ?