People are getting really creative with the the multi-faceted camera used in the XBox Kinect – a motion capturing technology that’s meant for video games. Both artists and techies have been experimenting with it, with the most interesting project from the folks over at Assembly, a collective of self-labeled “aesthetic thinkers” who work primarily to create high-end commercial products and demonstrations. They’ve created the “V Motion Project” that combines dance, computer programming, design, music and animation in a really unique, yet interesting, way.
The V Motion Project uses the Kinect’s many effects in real time, with live music and animations projected into a futuristic big screen for a virtual reality explosion of greenness inside of a huge warehouse. Creating music through motion is at the heart of this creation and uses the power of the Kinect to capture movement and translate it into music which is performed live and projected on a huge wall. They created and designed the live visual spectacle with a music video being produced from the results. According to their Vimeo page, “the interface plays a key role in illustrating the idea of the instrument and [they] designed it to highlight the audio being controlled by the dancer.” Design elements like real time tracking and samples being drawn on as they are played all add to authenticity of the performance. The visuals are all created live and the music video is essentially a real document of the night.