"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."
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.