Ars Electronica Futurelab is taking part in the Music Tech Fest

Music Tech Fest is a giant creative laboratory and festival of music ideas that brings together artists and scientists, academics and industry. In Ljubljana, in September 2015, the festival awarded a prize to Ars Electronica Futurelab’s Jonathan Rutherford and Music Technology PhD researcher Tracy Redhead.

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Credit: Markus Scholl

Tracy’s and Jonathan’s project GIRD is a gesturebased interactive audio and lighting system that allows audiences to remix, explore and interact with the music and lights through dancing andgesture. GIRD was chosen for incubation as part of the EU funded #MusicBricks project.

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GIRD – Gesture-Based Interactive Remix Dance Floor. Credit: Tracy Redhead

Their current proof of concept also gives performers and producers tools to create interactive audio and musical works. The prototype consists of a glove containing a TUI from the #MusicBricks toolkit – IRCAM’s R-IoT sensor, together with a Max For Live patch controller and 5 neopixel LED lights.

The patch allows musicians and producers to design dynamic and fluid music and responsive lighting that can be explored using gesture and movement.

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Jonathan Rutherford & Tracy Redhead in the Hacker Café of the MFT, September 2015. Credit: Nhu Xuan Hua

Tracy and Jonathan have also been invited to take part in a meeting of minds, together with Ars Electronica Futurelab SPARKS Resident Anouk Wipprecht, bionic artist Viktoria Modesta, and invited artists, makers and designers to explore transhumanism, body in space and music as extension of the body during between the 23rd and the 27th of May 2016, in the lead up to the festival. Results of this collaboration will be accessible by hackers on Friday 27th and audiences on Saturday 28th of May, during MTFBerlin.

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Ars Electronica Futurelab and SPARKS-resident Anouk Wipprecht is also taking part in the “Meeting of Minds”. The picture shows her recent collaboration with Viktoria Modesta on the topic of ‘smokification’ they created an tech infused prosthetic leg which pulls up an smoke screen Credit: Courtesy of Viktoria Modesta.

GIRD will be presented to audiences and industry at the tenth edition of Music Tech Fest: MTFBerlin at Funkhaus, 27-30 May.

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