Frequently -and not so frequently- Asked Questions
At the moment, we are between versions. The MC3 is scheduled for release in 2019. Meanwhile we have stopped selling the MC2.
For now, your options are:
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See a Demonstration
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Advance-order an MC3.0
From April 2018 until December 2018, you can advance order at the greatly reduced price of 4,900 €.
Order a Workshop
Workshops are an excellent way to get to know the MotionComposer and its possibilities for use. See the section on //workshops//link//.
Rent an MC2.0
We rent out the MC2 for research and testing purposes. Contact us for details.
We have not yet fixed the price of the MC3.0.
Yes. If you have problems or questions at any time, we are here to help. We want everyone to have a great experience.
1) Turn it on.
2) Select the music you want from the tablet-controller.
3) Move your body.
You will hear your movements as music!
Its that simple.
Yes, anyone. If you can move some part of your body, if only your eyes, then you can create music with the MotionComposer. There are settings to allow different body parts and different levels of activity to be used.
The MotionComposer offers six Musical Environments. Each has a different style of music, but it is more than that. They also offer different mappings, or ways of playing the music. There is something for everyone — both in terms of ability and taste in music.
There are many kinds of therapy and many abilities… so there is no quick answer to this question. We have made over 50 workshops in hospitals, hospice care centers, memory units, school for hearing impaired, special education schools, live-in care centers, and so on. We have also made inclusive performances with artists with and without disabilities. Each time we learn something. You can read about some our experiences under publications// link//.
We are also going to have an on-line users’ forum, so that you can read about one another’s experiences offer tips on its use with different kinds of users.
Finally, a great way to learn about the possibilities is in the form of a workshop//link//. We offer to come to your facility and teach you how to use the MotionComposer in different settings.
The MC has 1-Player and 2-Player modes. For example, one person can play one musical instrument, while the second person plays another instrument.
The MC can track many more people than this. The challenge, however, is that it becomes confusing who is doing what!
Having said this, there are ways to use it with groups, everyone dancing together. Methods for doing so will be explained in the users’ manual when the MC goes on sale.
There are three parts to turning movement into music:
Part one is the motion tracking. Video cameras attached to a computer, analyze expressive shapes, movements and gestures and turn them into computer data.
Part two is called mapping. This means assigning the different body parts, gestures and movements to musical features, such as notes.
Finally, there is a step needed to make the notes combine to make music. The Composers working with us use a kind of software called algorithmic composition. For example, the musical environment called Tonality begins with a professional musician playing every note on their instrument. There are recorded and imported into the software where techniques are used help the player to sound good, for example, by helping them choose notes that go together, or by adjusting the player’s timing to make them more rhythmic.
If done correctly, these three steps — motion tracking, mapping, and musical composition — combine to give the player a feeling of hearing their body in the form of music.
Human beings are masters at spotting other human beings. In an instant we can tell people from lamps, chairs and tables. Computers are not nearly so clever. Teaching them to find the human form, and to analyze what it is doing, is what is meant by “motion tracking”. The technology is based on analyzing differences in light level, but if you look around you, the lighting may be quite chaotic, there may be reflections, shadows and things moving in the background. Even the trees moving out the window can cause unwanted sounds!
The MotionComposer solves this problem with stereo-vision technology — like our two eyes, the MC has two video cameras. This enables it to form a 3D image of the world and this in turn allows it to find the person in the room (even persons in wheelchairs). Once the form is found, the motion tracking software analyses it for its expressive gestures, shapes and movements.