a device for otherly-abled persons including artists

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What is MotionComposer?
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About MotionComposer

“With interactive technology we gain completely new motivational impulses and are opening up whole new modes of therapy.“ Dr. Paolo Moretti

Nietzsche said, “We hear music with our muscles”. Anyone who as ever danced to music knows what he meant: our senses overlap. This phenomenon, what psychologists call synaesthesia, is at the heart of our project. The feeling that dance and music come from the same place inside us is shared by everyone. It is as universal as it is life-affirming.

The MotionComposer is a device that turns movement into music. It is designed for persons with different abilities, including those with cerebral palsy, aphasia, autism, quadriplegia, blindness, Alzheimer’s or Parkinson’s. It is for small children, senior citizens and everyone. The blink of an eye is enough to play a note!

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I believe this technology has important potentiality in the field of rehabilitation both for improving environment interaction in severe disabilities and for movement control in paretic, dystonic and dyskinetic syndromes… The overall experience was very interesting, stimulating and challenging for all of our team, as well as engaging and quite pleasant for the children and their families.
Dr. Paolo Moretti Head Physician of the Rehabilitation Department Children’s Hospital Giannina Gaslini, Genova
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How It Works

There is nothing more essential to being human than music and dance. We’ve been doing it for 60 000 years. Children do it without any instruction whatsoever; it is literally inside all of us.
Robert Wechsler - founder, MotionComposer Project

The MotionComposer uses stereovision technology — with two video cameras, the MC can identify objects, as animals do with their two eyes.  Expressive gestures, shapes and movements are interpreted by motion tracking software and converted into musical sounds in real time.

Beginning in 2011, with support from the Bauhaus University in Weimar, Germany, the MC team has been seeking support for the claim that interactive digital movement-to-music technologies can play a role in affording dance and music engagement among highly diverse users, including those with severe physical or mental conditions. Early results have been reported in a variety of professional settings, including the International Society for Augmentative and Alternative Communication, the Conference on the Multimodal Experience of Music and many others.

We plan on releasing the MotionComposer3.0 in 2018. In the meantime, we give workshops for therapists, artists and persons with other abilities. They tell us, “Don’t build a tool for us, build it with us.” Since 2010, we have held 50 workshops in 7 countries and worked with over 500 persons with other abilities. We believe we are well on our way to building a tool that can make a difference in the quality of life for people all over the world.

Choreographer and MotionComposer founder, Robert Wechsler, talks about the idea behind the device.

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19-20 May: MC Workshop in Magdeburg

Magdeburg-Stendal University of Applied Sciences

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19-23 June: MotionComposers move around in Jena

Our yearly MC workshop with MC composers will take place in Jena, Germany.

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28-30 June: MC at MOCO2017 in London

MOCO is the International Workshop on movement and computing.

Andreas Bergsland and Robert Wechsler are presenting their paper on interactive rhythms at the MOCO conference.

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28 August – 03 September: A week with MC in Putbus

28 August – 03 September
one week workshop in the School for Hearing-impaired of Putbus – Germany

 

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    We offer MotionComposer workshops and demonstrations. Please contact us if you are interested in joining.

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    In addition to workshops and demonstrations, we sell MotionComposers. You can buy the MC2.0 now, and we anticipate the MC3.0 to be released in 2018. For more information contact us below.

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    Our Team

    We believe that differently-abled teams can be more creative

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    Robert Wechsler

    Artistic Director

    Inventor of the MotionComposer, Robert is a choreographer and dancer and was an early experimenter with interactive technology. Co-founder of the Palindrome Dance Company, he holds an MA in choreography from New York University and was a protégé of Merce Cunningham and John Cage. He was a Fulbright fellow and, together with Palindrome, won first prize at the Berlin Transmediale for “best interactive art” in 2002. He has written articles on dance and technology and is co-author of the book, “Assistive Technologies, Disability Informatics and Computer Access for Motor Limitations”. Robert lives in Weimar, Germany where he directs the MotionComposer project.

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    Josepha Dietz

    Marketing Coordinator and Workshop Leader

    Josepha has an MA in Media Management from Bauhaus University with a specialization in marketing and finance. She was coordinator of the Dresden Innovation Fund for Art and Media Technology at the Trans-Media-Academy (TMA) before co-founding MotionComposer in 2011. She has led numerous workshop for persons with and without disabilities all over Europe concerning movement, theater, expressivity and the use of new technology. In addition to her work with MC, she is currently leading the Children and Youth School of Arts Neubrandenburg.

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    Mathias Reinhardt

    Strategy Manager

    Mathias is the co-founder of Palindrome e.V. a dance company dedicated to exploring intersections of technology and art. He holds an International Business and Administration degree. He is producer of major art and event projects in the realm of sound arts, including wave field synthesis, at Kraftwerk/Zapata in Stuttgart, Germany, as well as pioneering concepts for interactive video, M&S, and in the field of health. He is active in the field of PTSD (post-traumatic stress disorder) victim support and therapy and is founder of Catania GmbH, a part of Zentrum Überleben (Center for Survivors) in Berlin developing innovative internet-based therapy concepts for victims.

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    Ekmel Ertan

    Development Director

    Ekmel Ertan works as artist, curator and educator. Ertan is the founder and artistic director of İstanbul based amberPlatform (BIS, Beden-İşlemsel Sanatlar Derneği /Body-Process Arts Association), which is a research and production platform on art and new technologies. Ertan is the artistic director of the international “amber Art and Technology Festival” in Istanbul since 2007. He curated international amberPlatform exhibitions and events and several others as an independent curator. Ertan is also working as the site coordinator and director of international projects based in Turkey and Europe in the conjunction of art and technology /new media and society.

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    Delphine Lavau

    Project Coordinator

    Delphine is a cultural manager with a background in sociology and a master degree in political science. With 14-years experience in production, communication and public relations, she has worked for music, dance and digital arts festivals, in France and around the world. She has prepared studies and statistical analysis for cultural institutions in France including benchmarking studies, research outreach strategies. Delphine is vice-President of the Palindrome e.V. where she coordinates projects and handle the administration of the company.

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    Annika Dörr

    Workshop Leader

    Annika is a freelance dancer. 2012 Annika graduated with a Bachelor Degree in Theatre Arts from London Studio Centre (University of the Arts, London) with specialization in Contemporary Dance. Since then, Annika has worked with several independent choreographers and dance companies from all over Europe, including The Typewriters and Palindrome Dance Company. She has been part of the MotionComposer team since 2013, leading workshops and performing in inclusive events.

    Composers

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    Marcello Lussana

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    Marcello Lussana is a composer, a software engineer and free thinker specialized in interactive systems. Focal point of his work is the interaction between music and human movement. He produces computer music for audio-visual Performances, Dance, Theater and Live Electronics. Since 2008 he lives in Berlin and produces computer music for audio-visual Performances, Dance, Theater and Live Electronics. In July 2016 he became a PhD candidate at the Humboldt university in Berlin on the subject of interactive music and consciousness with the professors Jin-Hyun Kim (Humboldt University Berlin) and Alberto de Campo (University of Arts Berlin).

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    Andrea Cera

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    Andrea is an electronic musician, composer and sound designer. He studied Piano and Compostion at Conservatorio di Padova in Italy and Electronic Music at Cursus Annuel de Composition et Informatique Musicale IRCAM. He has produced music for choreographers such as Hervé Robbe, Edmond Russo, Shlomi Tuizer and J.C.Maillot. He is the creator of several audio art works for numerous large-scale projects around Europe including Innig, D-Day (Centre Georges Pompidou), NightRun and Reactive Ambient Music for the Fresnoy in Tourcoing. He has collaborated on research projects with IRCAM, Native Instruments, Renault and Notam.

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    Andreas Bergsland

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    Andreas Bergsland is an associate professor of music technology at Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU). His research interests include voice in electroacoustic music, live-electronics from a performative perspective and movement-sound interaction for users with and without disabilities. He has created sound designs for exhibitions, installations, large scale multi-media events, in addition to live-electronics performances and working with computer instrument design for motion capture systems. In recent years, he has co-created dance works with choreographer Robert Wechsler for performances in Norway, Denmark, Germany, Austria, Greece, Italy, Canada and the US. He has written extensively about electroacoustic music including a number of papers concerning the interactive movement-music systems for persons with other abilities. Together with the MotionComposer team he received a special recognition award from the 2016 Guthman Musical Instrument Competition.

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    Giacomo Lepri

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    Giacomo is a musician and sound designer. He studied piano and percussion specializing in the Afro-Cuban and Brazilian tradition as well as in Afro-American jazz practice. He was a visiting student at the University of Edinburgh and is a graduate in Electronic Music from the Conservatory of Genoa “N. Paganini”. His artistic activities particularly concern the sense of performativity and free improvisation. He currently works as sound designer in the international centre of research InfoMus Lab – Casa Paganini (University of Genoa) where he carries out scientific and artistic research focusing on the development of multimedia systems, multimodal human-computer interfaces and applications.

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    Ives Schachtschabel

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    Ives took over programming the Tonality patch from the French composer Adrien Garcia — thus this is really the work of two people. Ives is a composer, musician and software engineer. He studies media art and electroacoustic composition at the SeaM/Bauhaus University Weimar in Germany. His interests ranges from algorithmic music and sonification to audio installation and sound design in general. His current work involves insect-controlled composition systems and he holds lectures and workshops for audio programming. He works in collaboration with several artists and is the cofounder of Hausdorf – a collective, netlabel and platform for experimental sound art.

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    Jacob Korn

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    Besides his profession on the interface of audio, visual and dance, Jacob Korn has produced electronic music for what seems like an eternity. Early in his career he combined Hip Hop and Techno with elements of Jazz and weird electronics under the moniker Granufunk. Under his civil name he is focuses classic but versatile Techno and House. His work appears on the Running Back, Skylax and Permanent Vacation labels. After a brilliant first release on Steffi’s Dolly Label, the highly acclaimed ‘Supakrank’ and of course Uncanny Valley, he now belongs to the spearheads of German house. He has played live pretty much everywhere: In the USA, in Chile or Japan, in European Techno strongholds such as London, Barcelona or Rome and of course in all the good clubs in Germany. Jacob has been part of the MotionComposer team since 2016.

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    Peter Breitenbach

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    Peter is a sound artist, composer and sound designer whose work traverses sound installation, performative sound art, composition and sound for theatre. In his installations and performances he is investigating the relationship of movement and sound, through the development of software and hardware as part of sculptural objects and instruments. He studied Music Design at the Staatliche Hochschule für Musik Trossingen and Music Technology at the Sibelius Academy in Helsinki. His work was shown in many festivals and exhibitions in Europe and Asia including at CCCB and the Fundació Antoni Tàpies in Barcelona, Ryogoku Monten Hall in Tokyo, at Museum Biedermann in Donaueschingen and at the Zentrum für Kunst und Medien Karlsruhe (ZKM). He is the creator of sound designs, sound environments and sound installations for theater, including the group Rimini Protokoll.

    Our Consultants
    • Klaus Nicolai – Consultant for Development
    • Jens Geelhaar – Consultant
    • Giselher Grenzdoerfer – Constultant
    • Frieder Weiß – Consultant for Motion Tracking Technology
    • Dr. Paolo Moretti – Consultant for Therapeutic Application
    Supporting Composers
    • Marc Sauter
    • Pablo Palacio
    • Adrien Garcia

    … and special thanks to our otherly-abled colleagues and their dedicated care-takers, therapists and educators.

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    MotionComposer: Helping the world to express itself through movement and music!