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.

Carpe Zythum – Kinect controlled pipe organ (full performance)

“Carpe Zythum”, a performance with Elise Richards (Vocals) and Chris Vik (myself controlling the organ with the Kinect) along with a pre-composed piece written by both Elise and I. It was performed in November 2011 at the Melbourne Town Hall. This is the full video of the performance. If you’d like to see a video explaining how it works see last weeks video Controlling a 4-story organ with the Kinect

I’ve created my own software Kinectar, which allows the use of the Kinect to control MIDI devices, ie. playing notes through simple gestures and motion – I hooked this up to the organ.

For more information on my gesture-based music projects, see my blog I love the Future
Video produced by Unkle Nicnac Films

Controlling a 4-story pipe organ with the Kinect

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In this video I briefly explain and demonstrate how I used the Kinect to control the massive Melbourne Town Hall Organ. It contains a short excerpt from our performance “Carpe Zythum” November 2011.

I’ve created my own software Kinectar, which allows the use of the Kinect to control MIDI devices, ie. playing notes through simple gestures and motion. The Melbourne Town Hall Organ got a referb in the late 90s adding the ability of MIDI messages to active the notes… this happened.

The company that provided the control system to allow the organ to be played via MIDI are Solid State Organ System.

Co-composition and Kinect performance and programming by Chris Vik
Co-composition, lyrics and vocals by Elise Richards

Video produced by Unkle Nicnac Films

Full performance out next week!

Dance Controlled Kinect Music (Part 1)

Since April 2011 I’ve been working solidly with the Microsoft Kinect, developing my software, Kinectar, to enable its use as a MIDI controller for performing music live. I’ve done a number of performances around Australia since I started the project, however, it’s safe to say that, although I would consider myself an electronic musician, I’m certainly no dancer. Enter, Paul…

Dancer, Paul Walker and I have joined forces to bring the Kinect controlled music concept into the world of contemporary dance. Recently we obtained a residency at PACT theatre (centre for emerging artists), where we spent the week developing different ways of implementing my Kinect music control system in a dance context.

My system is developed in Max and uses OpenNI drivers, OSCeleton and Ableton Live.

Kinectar Performance/Talk @ Transition (BeatEngines) [24/02/12] Melb, Aus

I’m doing a short Kinect electronic music set at Transitions (BeatEngines) next Friday [24/02/12] @ Royal Melbourne Hotel. I’ll be following up the set with a short talk/demonstration of my software “Kinectar”, where you’ll see the nitty-gritty of how I go about putting instruments together using the Kinect as a MIDI controller.

It’s free from 9pm until 10pm (when the psy starts), I’ll slot somewhere in that time-frame, so be sure to get there by 9pm if you want to catch my demo! There’s heaps of other stuff going on that’s definentely worth checking out, check out the facebook page for more details: http://www.facebook.com/events/213576515398677/

Kinectar/dance collab development (Sydney)

I’m currently up in Sydney working on a collaborative project with Sydney dancer Paul Walker at a week-long residency at PACT theatre.

We’re attempting to reverse the idea of dance being TO music, instead putting the power in the dancer’s hands (oh, that’s such a tag line right there), creating a feedback loop where the dancer is dancing to the music they’re creating by dancing (awesome!!)

The project aims to build up an array of content using my software, Kinectar, in the context of contemporary dance; continuing my goal of discovering new ways to use the human body as an organic music controller.

We have a showing at PACT theatre this Friday (17/02/12) @ 5.30pm. It will be a short, informal viewing, demonstrating the content we’ve been developing during the week and a session to ask us questions or give feedback about the development. So if you’re in Sydney, head down and say hi!

Kinectar – Tutorial 1 (The Basics & CC Output)

Hi all. I’ve been hard at work building a brand new build for Kinect (0.7.0) which include many new features and (hopefully) some bug fixes. It will also have… dun dududAAAN! MAC OSX support. If everything goes well I should have it out in a few days.

After the many requests for a tutorial I’ve heeded the call and started the big slog of documenting Kinectar in video tutorial format. This is the first:

Many more to come!