a device and services for otherly-abled persons including artists

We are MotionComposer

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 begin doing it without any instruction whatsoever. It is literally inside all of us.
Robert Wechsler - founder, MotionComposer Project

The MotionComposer uses the stereovision technology. With two video cameras, the MC can essentially “see”, as animals do with their two eyes. Expressive gestures, shapes and movement are interpreted by software and converted into data streams. These streams are fed to music software which generates the sounds. The users’ movements in front of the camera come out as musical sounds in real time.

Beginning in 2010, 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 thousands of good people all over the world.

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

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Getting Involved

We can do it only with you.

for individuals

join in an MC workshop

We are organizing MotionComposer workshops, presentations and demonstrations. Please contact us if you are interested in joining or hosting one.

for institutions

host an MC workshop or purchase a MotionComposer

We can organize workshops in your institution or provide you a MotionComposer. We also support you to organize your workshops and daily use. Anticipating a product release in 2018, we are now accepting pre-purchase orders

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Browse our most recent projects below.

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Our Team

We believe in 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. 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 also a Fulbright fellow and, together with Palindrome, won first prize at the Berlin Transmediale for “best interactive art” in 2002. He is has written numerous articles on dance and technology and is co-author of the book, “Assistive Technologies, Disability Informatics and Computer Access for Motor Limitations” and lives now 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 and has specialized in marketting and finance. She was coordinator of the Dresden Innovation Fund for Art and Media Technology at the Trans-Media-Academy (TMA) and has led numerous workshop for persons with and without disabilities in Spain, Germany and Poland in movement, theater, expessivity in the use of new technology. She was part of the MotionComposer “EXIST” team at Bauhaus University from 2011-2012.

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Mathias Reinhardt

Founding Partner and Management Coordinator

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Ekmel Ertan

Management and Development Director

Ekmel is an artist, curator and educator. He is the founder and artistic director of the in Istanbul-based amberPlatform, a research and production platform on art and new technologies. He is the initiator of amberConference, the only Science, Technology and Art Conference in Turkey and works as coordinator for several international projects in the field of art, technology and society. Ekmel has exhibited his photography and new media installations works at festivals in New York and Turkey. He holds a BSc degree in Electronics Engineering and an MA in Interactive Media Design from Yıldız Technical University. He currently teaches multimedia and visual communication design at Sabancı University.

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Marcello Lussana

Musical Director

Marcello is a composer and creator of the MotionComposer’s “Techo” environment. He is a software engineer and free thinker specialized in interactive systems. Focal point of his work is the interaction between music and human movement, where body and computer are connected through a complex understanding of the body perception and dedicated interfaces. He produces computer music for audio-visual Performances, Dance, Theater and Live Electronics. He is co-founder of the Netlabel Fantomton and is based in Berlin.

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Delphine Lavau

Production Manager

Delphine is a cultural manager with a background in sociology and a master degree in political science. With 10-years experience in production, ticketing sales management, 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 Dance Company where she coordinates projects and handles the accounting.

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Annika Dörr

Trainer

Annika is a freelance dancer and works as translator and fundraiser for Motion Composer. 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 also is a leader of creative workshops for persons with and without disabilities.

Composers

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Andrea Cera

“Drums” Environment

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Ives Schachtschabel

“Tonality” Environment

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Jacob Korn

“Techno” Environment

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Andreas Bergsland

“Particles” Environment

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Giacomo Lepri

“Fields” Environment

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Peter Breitenbach

``Fields`` Environment

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Pablo Palacio

“Accents” Environment

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Marcello Lussana

``Techno`` Environment

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

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

It is an honor work with you.

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Testimonials

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