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.
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
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.
Sewing the LED light into the skirt, via stitching
Close up of Arduino Lilypad
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.