a device for otherly-abled persons including artists

We Make You Move

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 has ever danced to music knows what he meant: our senses overlap. This phenomenon, what psychologists call synaesthesia, is at the heart of our project. Dance and music come from the same place inside us. 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 in between. 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 of MotionComposer

The MotionComposer uses stereo-vision technology; with its two video cameras, the MC can identify the human form, as we do with our two eyes.  Expressive gestures, shapes and movements are then interpreted by motion tracking software and finally converted into musical sounds.

Beginning in 2010, and 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 upon in professional settings, including the International Society for Augmentative and Alternative Communication, the Conference on the Multimodal Experience of Music and others.

The MotionComposer was released for purchase in July 2020. We also give workshops for therapists, artists and persons with other abilities. They tell us, “Don’t build a tool for us, build it with us.” Good point! Since 2010, we have held over 100 workshops in 7 countries and worked with more than 500 persons with other abilities. We believe we are 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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MotionComposer 3.0

As a unique and innovative tool to stimulate movements, the MotionComposer is suitable to open new, creative approaches in therapy, rehabiliation and specialized education.

If you are curious about MotionComposer, we are offering demonstrations and workshops. Contact us at sales(at)motioncomposer.com.

The MotionComposer 3.0 features:

  • State-of-the-art passive stereo-vision technology
  • Easy-to-use tablet interface
  • over 50 musical environments from award-winning composers
  • Song-playing feature for learning and practicing specific songs
  • For 1-person, 2-persons, or groups
  • English, German languages, AAC Symbols
  • MC Kit including a book of activities with AAC cards

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Workshops

We offer a variety of workshops in the fields of therapy, education or art, directly at your institution. Our workshops are designed for:

-professionals interested in exploring new music or dance therapy methods, expanding inclusive pedagogical content,

-persons with cognitive or physical impairment, persons with multi-handicap,

-all ages, from chidren to senior citizens.

We do workshops in small groups (max. 15 people). We can also propose other settings for your MotionComposer event.

Contact us at sales(at)motioncomposer.com.

Prices and information:

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Introductory Workshop

2h

– FREE* –
Workshop for professionals
1/2-Day
450 EURO *
Workshop for all (inclusive groups)
1-Day
from 800 EURO *
On Stage with MC!
5 -Days
5500 EURO *
* – Before any required taxes (VAT).  These prices do not include travel and housing. Large workshops, with many participants, may require more than one workshop leader, and more than one MotionComposer.
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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

Managing Director

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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Ullrich Scheunert

Director of Technology

Ullrich holds a diploma in electrical engineering from the TU Chemnitz and did his doctorate in the field of sensor data fusion. In research projects he further developed the topics sensor data processing and data fusion. Since 2005 he has been Managing Director of FusionSystems GmbH, where he develops detection systems for automotive applications and automation. In recent years he initiated a number of projects at FusionSystems in the field of human-machine interaction, therapy support and adaptive sound generation. At MotionComposer GmbH he is responsible for the topics of sensor technology, body recognition and motion tracking.

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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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Delphine Lavau

Project Coordinator

Delphine is a cultural manager with a master degree in political science and sociology. With a background 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.

At MotionComposer GmbH she is involved in usability testing and in the development of the product by designing supportive materials for users. She is interested in making a community-based forum to share best practices.

Delphine is also vice-President of the Palindrome Dance Company where she is in charge of administration and occasionally participates artistically in its productions.

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Mavrick De La Portilla

Marketing and Sales

Mavrick holds a Bachelors of Science in International Business Administration from UNC Wilmington, North Carolina. After moving to Germany in 2017, he worked for Qualimed Innovative Medizinprodukte, suppling specialized medical equipment to doctors and hospitals. He joined MotionComposer in 2019, as its first official employee, taking on the principle role of promoting and selling the new MC3. He is also an independent music producer, with a passion for making hip hop and electronic music for all to enjoy.

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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

``Drums`` Environment

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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Ives Schachtschabel

``Tonality`` Environment

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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Giacomo Lepri

``Fields`` Environment

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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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.

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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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.

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
  • Alicia Peñalba Acitores - Consultant for Therapeutic Applications
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