- creative field interface, max4live
- Client Name Maximilian Weber, Prof. Marco Kuhn
- Project URL nichtdersoziologe.de
- Completion Date 01/15/2016
Kontraktion was developed as part of Maximilian Weber’s Bachelor thesis in the summer semester of 2016, under the guidance of Professor Marco Kuhn and Professor Alexis Baskind.
Kontraktion is a performance controller that translates movement to sound. An armband with a variety of sensors measures muscle contractions, as well as the position of the arm. The data is transmitted wirelessly, in real-time to a computer, where it can be used to synthesise sounds.
Playing music with muscle contractions creates a heightened awareness of otherwise subconscious movement routines and nerve impulses. The continuous dialog of musician and machine generates a feedback loop of intent, movement, space, sound and perception.
Subtle impulses and movements that are usually automatic, are brought into sharp focus and made conscious. The connection of time and space, of conscious, miniscule contractions and aural perception is in itself a new form of self expression.
An enhanced awareness of body and movement generated by the system, allows the performer to modify and control the sound intuitively. By literally embodying every aspect of the sound, the musician becomes the interface of a digital instrument.
KONTRAKTION – Sonification of Metagestures with electromyographic Signals (PDF)
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