Dancing in Point Clouds: unnamed soundsculpture, Making Of, and Human Element [Kinect]

Like an animated equivalent of the Transporter on Star Trek, depth-sensing cameras and custom code can transform the human body into 22,000 points, then back again into something our mind again imagines as flesh and alive, even in abstraction. In “unnamed soundsculpture,” by Cedric Kiefer (onformative) and Daniel Franke (wearechopchop), the body takes on a new meaning in movement, a cloud of points, choreographed. The making-of video itself tells a kind of story: first seeing choreographer/dancer Laura Keil and her ability to animate her own, human body live, then seeing that dance as data in three dimensions, rendered via a …

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Dead Frogs Dancing: A MIDI-Controlled, Underwater, Reanimated Frog Ballet (Creepy)

Take MIDI remote control, electrical impulses fed to the twitching corpses of dissected frogs, and add water. What you get? Creepy-as-hell “zombie frog ballet,” in a work sent to us by a reader. The work of Shanghai, China artist LuYang (apparently now living in Japan), you can at least take comfort in the fact that these frogs were dead – not killed for the experiment. I hope I get to do some dancing after I’m gone. But yes, it can be a bit … disturbing. After many years of doing this, and seeing some astounding things, I think Necromancy qualifies …

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From Beautiful Ambient Modern Dance to Dubstep, Gestures to Music in Kinect (Download the Tool)

It started as some compelling demos or proof of concept, but it’s plenty real now: the tools for translating movement, gesture, and dance from the body to interactive music march forward. Empowered by Microsoft’s Kinect and an artist-friendly toolchain, even a single, clever developer can do a lot. Sound designer, music producer, and Max/MSP developer Chris Vik of Melbourne has been one of those busy early pioneers, with an incredible tool called Kinectar. So, the tech is cool and shiny and impressive: what about the actual music? And, even more importantly, what if all the hand waving and moving about …

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A Kinetic, Experimental Typeface Made by Running Around Cities with GPS

Gallery opening in Berlin, top (photo: Ken Buslay); Klasien among participants from some 13 cities who contributed to the font (photo: Create Digital Motion). With an image in mind of a piece of metal or wood, there’s nothing quite more static in our Imagine typefaces, and your mind probably conjures an image of a piece of wood or metal, literally cast in a permanent, unchanging form. But experiments in digital typography are exploding that conception, making fonts dynamic, kinetic, and very much about creating digital motion. Nowhere is that more true than in the rough-hewn, sketchy shapes of Sweaty Feet, …

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Drum Kit Playing, Visualized in 3D: Portrait of the Ghost Drummer

Portrait of the ghost drummer from odaibe on Vimeo. You might not have the chance to reflect on it amidst all the delightful noise, but a drummer is engaged in an elaborate choreography as they play. Bartek Szlachcic a.k.a. odaibe found a way to visualize just that dance digitally, in spare, rotating forms in 3D, and sends it our way. Motion-captured movements become a visual map over time. As he describes the project: Exploration of graphic qualities in process of playing on a drum kit. Drum sticks are the extensions of drummer’s hands like brush is an extension of the …

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Augmented Dancing: Musion Eyeliner + vvvv + Kinect

In the latest example of what people are doing with open source Kinect tools and movement, PRICKIMAGE sends a performance that works with the Windows-based vvvv. It’s still a work in process / proof of concept, but I’m really enjoying seeing experiments with this technology. There’s definite potential to be explored. The artists write: I follow CDM and find it inspiring & informative Can I share a project with that we are developing quickly Video sample below is the 1st test promo This is what we plan next… A 10-15 minute performance will use the Musion Eyeliner system to conjure …

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Music Box Creations, with a Pd Score Made from Dance

In a twist on generating music from dance, artist and coder João Pais sends us Pd-generated scores, transformed into twinkling sounds by music boxes. As it happens, the music boxes are the same featured in Friday’s story on Ritornell. The piece is RISS, a “performative installation/concert” produced outdoors in Berlin, with a 30-meter score generated by Pd from movement. João describes his work: “The patch was simple, it analysed the sounds, and made a score using data structures. then I printed the score, and spent lots of hours puncturing all the holes.” The video documents those sounds, in a project …

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MIDASpaces: Projection Mapping and Interaction Combine for a Responsive Performance Space

The Irish MIDAS collective has brought together programmers, designers, and composers working to fuse traditional and new techniques. Their premiere project is entitled “MIDASpaces,” a kind of dynamic performance space built on projection mapping and responsive interaction. As they describe it: MIDASpaces: An interactive projection mapped space designed for the Creative Arts. Using the Latest tracking technology, the space learns, adapts and reacts, allowing the performer to create new improvised performances. The promo video is shot in Dublin’s lovely performance space The Helix, working with a PS3 Eye camera modded for infrared light and openFrameworks for tracking. (There’s a bit …

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loopdiver, Dance + Technology Performance by Troika Ranch, in Full-Length PBS Documentary

Watch the full episode. See more loopdiver: The Journey of a Dance. In a recent documentary, US public-supported broadcaster PBS profiles Troika Ranch, the landmark New York dance company that fuses technology and movement. The collaboration of Dawn Stoppiello and Mark Coniglio, Troika has long been influential in finding ways of working with media. Coniglio’s software has itself had a huge impact on media art, from his fairly-unknown early program Interactor to his latest Isadora, popular with live visualists and choreographers alike. Here, PBS traces the development and rehearsal of loopdiver. And, oh yeah, art isn’t easy: What begins as …

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Beams of Light Meet Bodies, in Kinect-Powered Dance and Audiovisual Work

Working in 3D light projection, Dieter Vandoren has created a project that makes visual shapes and sounds from particles. Bodies interrupt beams of light, fused with audio and image via Kinect-powered tracking. First presented in Rotterdam at the Open Dans festival in June, the work draws inspiration from David Rokeby’s “Very Nervous System” computer vision, Michel Waisvisz’s “The Hands” piece, and principally on the audiovisual Polytopes and granular synthesis techniques of Iannis Xenakis. The goal, says its maker: a “spatial hyperinstrument.” (Hey, you know you’ve always wanted one of those, right?) Integration.03 at Open Dans festival 2011 from Dieter Vandoren …

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