Video: Les Gestes (en creation)

Here’s a promo video for the project Les Gestes, posted by our collaborators Van Grimde Corps Secrets. The prosthetic digital instruments worn by the dancers were conceived and developed by myself and my colleague Ian Hattwick in the IDMIL.

The project is still underway, but the touring schedule has been established:

  • Montréal (Canada) – March 13-16, 2013, Agora de la danse, in partnership with live@CIRMMT
  • Lennoxville (Canada) – March 19, 2013, Théâtre Centennial
  • Arnhem (The Netherlands) – April 10, 2013, Schouwburg
  • Blanc Mesnil (Paris, France) – April 13, 2013, Forum du Blanc Mesnil
  • Bruges (Belgium) – April 18, 2013, Concertgebouw

Using multiple IMUs for sensing deformation

I made this video today to quickly document some work I’ve been doing using multiple inertial measurement units (IMUs) for tracking the orientation, bending, and twisting of deformable objects. Intertial measurement units generally contain 3-axis accelerometers, gyroscopes, and magnetometers – the data can be cleverly combined to obtain an estimate of orientation (as long as the IMU is being used in an environment with constant gravity and magnetic field, and not in free-fall).

This particular object has two Mongoose IMUs embedded inside it, running some custom firmware I wrote for complementary filtering/sensor fusion for estimation of orientation.

Video: Experimental Music from Brazil and Beyond

Video has now been posted from the concert “Experimental Music from Brazil and Beyond” at the University of Lethbridge. The concert featured two performances with T-Stick: a solo written by Patrick Hart and D. Andrew Stewart, and a trio improvisation by Fernando Rocha (percussion, including another project of mine: the Hyper-Kalimba), Elise Pittenger (cello) and D. Andrew Stewart (soprano T-Stick).

Stick instruments: neon-guitar

This fantastic video was recently brought to my attention because of the tubular instruments’ similarity to the T-Sticks, though in appearance they are more similar to the UV Stick developed by Leonello Tarabella et al. at the Computer Music Lab of CNUCE/C.N.R. in the 1990’s (pdf 102KB)

The 1024 architecture blog describes the new instruments (QC in this context is Apple’s Quartz Composer):

We are developping a light-based musical instrument, the neon-guitar…. The light part is controlled via a QC patch, while the audio is currently driven by AULab.


And some background on the creators:

1024 architecture is a company created by Pierre SCHNEIDER and François WUNSCHEL, both co-founders of the EXYZT collective.
1024 architecture focuses on the interaction between body, space, sound, visual, low-tech and hi-tech, art and architecture…

We make audio-visual installations, micro-architecture, urban intervention, performances, exhibitions and others…

I’ll try to write a short post on each of the other “stick-like” digital musical instruments I have catalogued.