Prosthetic digital musical instruments create sounds based on movement and touch, designed for dance performances. Created at IDMIL, 15 minute video embedded below talks and demonstrates the project:
Researchers at the Input Devices and Music Interaction Lab at McGill University recently released a video documentary on the design and fabrication of “prosthetic digital instruments” for music and dance. These instruments are the culmination of a three-year long project in which the designers worked closely with dancers, musicians, composers and a choreographer. The goal of the project was to develop instruments that are visually striking, utilize advanced sensing technologies, and are rugged enough for extensive use in performance.
The complex, transparent shapes are lit from within, and include articulated spines, curved visors and ribcages. Unlike most computer music control interfaces, they function both as hand-held, manipulable controllers and as wearable, movement-tracking extensions to the body. Further, since the performers can smoothly attach and detach the objects, these new instruments deliberately blur the line between the performers’ bodies and the instrument being played.
Tried and True Drawing tips:
DON’T LOOK AT YOUR DRAWING!!
(left is a gesture looking back and forth from figure to drawing, right is without looking at the drawing)
30 to 60 second figure gestures are great for warming up…
but I always jump around too much before I get everything down, and end up with halflings.
without looking at your paper or picking up your pen/pencil/charcoal/chocolate/whatever, you have to trust your hand to “feel” the form as a whole and make the right connections, and move naturally through the figure.
It’s beginner stuff I know, but it all goes back to basics anyway.