Motion-capture Music Live Set Demo @ Ultralounge 2012

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Although I’ve spent┬áliterally the entire last 14 months of my life on making and performing motion capture music, with around live 30 performances I only just realised there’s very little footage online.

I’m currently in the process of updating my whole live performance system, so I most likely won’t be performing for at least a few weeks, so here’s an except of a performance I did earlier on in the year with my Kinect/foot pedal setup.

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My 24 hour YouTube video remix challenge (done in 10 hours)

I’ve been wanting to remix a YouTube video for ages, but it’s something I always put off. Not a video in particular, just any random video that inspires me.

A bit of background on myself. Making my music (Synaecide) involves a lot of heavy editing to samples. There’s just something about zooming all the way into the arranger view of Cubase, cutting up, then manipulating little bits of audio into a track that gets me going. In high school I did a bit of video editing in media class, but since then I haven’t touched the visual side of things. Having said that, it’s an idea I’ve always been excited about.

To get myself motivated, the idea was to pick a video and have a finished remix in 24 hours. The video I picked was Elders React to Dubstep (Skrillex).

I ended up finishing it after about 10 hours of work. Here ’tis!

For those interested, this is the outline of the process:

  1. Record the audio from the video
  2. Bring the audio file into Cubase and cut out single audio samples (ones that don’t have any background music or sound that taint the sample)
  3. Create a drum beat and main ‘hook’ bassline
  4. Put the sounds from the video into a (very) loose order of narrative to give it some form of cohesion
  5. Limit the sh*t out of the mix
  6. Rip the video
  7. Pop the audio and video into Premier
  8. Spend hours editing the video and making it look like the people being interviewed are doing the sounds with their mouths
  9. and Presto!

Interview in The Age newspaper

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I forgot to post this last month, but I was over in Seattle and forgot about it when I got home. A few weeks ago I was featured Australia-wide on printed newspapers and on their subsequent online services with both a written and video interview.

You can check out the interview here.

Leap Motion

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If you haven’t heard of the latest motion capture device that’s been making waves in the community, let me break it to you. The Leap is an amazingly small device (literally┬ásmaller than a computer mouse) that can capture your hand’s input.

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It’s been quoted to be 200 times more powerful “accurate” than the Kinect (whatever the term “powerful” “accurate” means is referring to), and from the videos on their website, it looks to pick up a very solid 3d image of whatever you put in front of it. Not to mention that it’s RRP at only $70.

Because it’s so small and works in such a small area, it’s much different than the Kinect, which is primarily aimed at tracking your whole body’s movements, which limits it’s uses somewhat.

I’ve managed to wrangle a dev release for this little motion capture beast. I’m receiving it in the next few weeks, so expect to seem some finger-music-making experiments from me shortly!

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