Thursday, March 3, 2011
LilyPad Arduino Wireless Dance Costume Performance @ Indiana University
This 6 minute dance video of a performance at Indiana University's Buskirk-Chumley Theatre illustrates the power and versatility of the LilyPad components. Eric Lindsay, the composer of "The Space Between Us" explains: "The costumes are embedded with LilyPad Ardino technology; One of the dancers' (with the round skirt) costume combines LilyPad components and a XBee (wireless transmitter) together with pressure and flex sensors connected by conductive thread, which detects and transmits the movements of the dancer to the composer's laptop, which are then used to generate and control sound within a MAX/MSP environment."
What this means is choreographers and dancers are no longer constrained within the parameters of the music, instead they are the musical creators through their movements. See http://vimeo.com/20403708 for the complete posting and to view this amazing performance, choreographed by Utam Moses.