Project by Gladys Loh, Tan Siew Hua & Valerie Lay

This workspace is built for workaholics which need some convenience in their life. As a matter of irony, their laziness may not be rewarded when certain commands are mentioned. By simply putting the item you wish to partake into the holder, the robotic arms moves around and serves when you mention a command found in the list. Accompanied with the robot hand is a voice activated table lamp, which displays different colours according to your command.

Have fun watching our video below! 🙂

Demonstration and Documentation 


Particle Rhythm seeks to explore generation of music through movement using Kinect, Ableton Live and MAX MSP. All sounds were generated live and nothing was pre-recorded.

The visuals generated with the music

The installation involved 3 computers and 2 Kinects. We use a dark room to enhance the atmosphere of the installation.

The setup of the installation

Depending on the intensity of the movement generated by the user, the sound generated and warped also varied. We had a couple of dancer friends to try out the Kinect and the results generated were rather experimental and interesting.

My friend trying out the Kinect

Ableton Live


One of the major challenges definitely was the computer power which mostly could not keep up with the layers in MAX MSP, and thus the visuals were not as pleasing. Also, the sounds generated through mapping are rather raw and at times inaccurate due to the mapping of coordinates. The mapping of coordinates will definitely be something to overcome.

Overall, we have learnt quite a lot about MAX MSP and Ableton Live through this final project, and we would definitely want to take this further in the artistic level. In the future as we develop this, we would like to experiment with concept and music – maybe even pure soundscapes and no EDM track. Perhaps there could even be a thematic focus – e.g. nature.

Completion of the dress, back organza layer done

Sewing the LED light into the skirt, via stitchingIMG_5195



Close up of Arduino LilypadIMG_5204

Testing the effect when lit up





I had to combine solo with Tiffany create a cohesive piece, which initially I could not see the concept of virtual touch in our performance. However, when Angeline came in to do the dance with us but in her own way, I could see the telematic connection and that was very interesting.

Project Update 1

Initial stage of laying out of the fabric


Sketching and planning out of the draft


Cutting the fabric


Process of the front of the dress sewed


Testing the fit



Sewing the dressIMG_4472

Figuring out the back part of the dress

Dress shape completed (back view)


Dress shape completed (front view)

Dress in progress: Still needs to poof the skirt, make the underlying tulle.