Les Gestes / Gestures

Participants: Joseph Malloch
Ian Hattwick
Marlon Schumacher
Anthony Piciacchia (CAD & Digital Fabrication Research Assistant)
Marcelo M. Wanderley (Research Director)

Marjolaine Lambert & Sophie Breton, photo by Michael Slobodian.
Collaborators: Sean Ferguson (PI, Music Composition)
Isabelle van Grimde (Choreography)
Soula Trougakos (Dancer)
Sophie Breton (Dancer)
Pascale Bassani (Costume Design)

Funding: FQRSC (Ferguson, PI, Van Grimde and Wanderley)

Project Type: Collaborative project.

Time Period: April 2010 - March 2013. Status: Completed.


Project Description

The goal of this research-creation project was to design and build a number of next-generation digital musical instruments for use by musicians and dancers. The project resulted in the creation of a new large-scale collaborative work for musicians and dancers incorporating the scientific and technological developments.

The project was based on expertise the team members had developed partly through the Digital Orchestra Project. Utilizing this expertise we identified a number of significant new opportunities for digital musical instrument design. It is only through having gone through the intensive research required to design, build, compose for and perform on a variety of different instruments in the past that we are able to identify these issues and to be able to conceive of solutions for the challenges they offer.

The specific issues this project was intended to address include:

  • New form factors appropriate for dance and musical performance
  • Mapping for digital signal processing
  • The incorporation of robust wireless data transfer between the devices and their associated computers
  • The use of vibrotactile feedback in the DMIs
  • The addition of integrated synthesis engines in the instruments themselves
  • The extension of our expertise in the relationship between gesture and musical sounds to the domain of dance.

Photographs

High-resolution copies of these photographs are available here

Dancer Sophie Breton lying next to the Spine; Instrument design © 2012 by Joseph Malloch and Ian Hattwick; Photo © 2013 by Michael Slobodian

Dancer Sophie Breton wearing the Visor; Instrument design © 2012 by Joseph Malloch and Ian Hattwick; Photo © 2013 by Michael Slobodian

The Ribs

Violinist Marjolaine Lambert and dancer Sophie Breton playing the Ribs; Instrument design © 2012 by Joseph Malloch and Ian Hattwick; Photo © 2013 by Michael Slobodian

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