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Video reactive music for modern dance…

March 27, 2008 | 9:36 pm

I’m an electronic music student at Bennington College who just started studying Max/MSP (and oh wow, I’m never turning back) and am currently composing an electroacoustic piece for a good friend’s modern dance performance. I would really like to involve Max/MSP in this piece, making the music interactive with the dancers, changing the granular texture of the music with the dancer’s movements. I know that similar things have been done with dance and Max/MSP, but I’m not sure whether Jitter is required to do something along these lines. Does anyone know of any available tutorials for this or patches I can tear apart? Would this ultimately be a project that would take a lot of time and dedication? I would need to have it finished by next month, and I also have tons of other work to finish as well… so I’m not sure whether or not this idea is a feasible concept given the circumstances. Anyway, thank all of you for your help!


March 27, 2008 | 9:51 pm

http://www.cycling74.com/story/2006/2/17/153427/406
recipe #32 is a motion detector


March 27, 2008 | 10:50 pm

Thank you so much, but this requires jitter which I don’t have. Is this a possibility using only Max/MSP?


March 28, 2008 | 12:07 am

As long as you don’t want to do video specific interaction you don’t
need jitter.

For, generally, everything else Max is fine.

bt

On Mar 27, 2008, at 3:50 PM, Jonathan Shaw wrote:
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> Thank you so much, but this requires jitter which I don’t have. Is
> this a possibility using only Max/MSP?

barry threw
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March 28, 2008 | 1:49 pm

Of course. A couple of options:
- sensors, on the body of the dancers. With or without wires, your choice
(according to the choreography ;-)
- sensors, distant from the bodies (IR, ultra-sonic, movement detection,
etc.)
- or the best if you don’t want to buy any kind of gear: have a "human
sensor". I mean a guy looking at the dancers, and moving the faders of your
max patch accordingly. Great reactivity is possible.

Note that you don’t even need Max/MSP for that.

> Thank you so much, but this requires jitter which I don’t have. Is this a
> possibility using only Max/MSP?


March 29, 2008 | 11:36 pm

here is the website of my teacher. He focuses mainly on interactive dance and made his PHD on it

http://homepage.mac.com/carlosguedes/FileSharing4.html



kp*
March 30, 2008 | 1:18 am


March 30, 2008 | 6:17 pm

Quote: Blake wrote on Thu, 27 March 2008 14:36
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I would really like to involve Max/MSP in this piece, making the music interactive with the dancers, changing the granular texture of the music with the dancer’s movements. I know that similar things have been done with dance and Max/MSP, but I’m not sure whether Jitter is required to do something along these lines.
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Soft VNS is a classic:

http://homepage.mac.com/davidrokeby/softVNS.html

Cyclops:

http://www.cycling74.com/products/cyclops

Eyesweb:

http://www.infomus.dist.unige.it/EywMain.html

And I humbly submit some of my own work:

http://homepage.mac.com/mikezed//technology/knock.html


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