People never cease to amaze me. As we’ve heard from almost every DJ rant possible whether it’s “Pressing Play”, or just lack of creative schemes when it comes to live performance, artists are constantly seeking new ways to interact and entertain fans during their sets.
The latest innovation comes from the creative minds of New Zealand’s Assembly Ltd. who have harnessed the motion-capturing technology of the Xbox Kinect & paired it up with with Ableton along with a team of developers/animators to create not only an aesthetically cool visualizer, but also a live performance interface. The coolest part is, this video was actually documented live as their user tested the instrument in front of a crowd.
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Clearly this software isn’t capable of the user controlling every single aspect of live production, but it’s definitely comparable (in it’s software capabilities) to the use of many other live Ableton-enabled tools DJ’s use during their sets. I remember being wow’ed by Skrillex’s addition of a motion suit during his live sets on the Mothership Tour, and this now takes it one step further.
Will we see any DJ’s using this at a concert we go to in the near future? I’m not sure. But it’s clear that people are constantly coming up with new ideas on how to make the EDM experience that much better.
We created and designed the live visual spectacle with a music video being produced from the results. We wanted it to be clear that the technology was real and actually being played live. The interface plays a key role in illustrating the idea of the instrument and we 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.