A Vivid encounter of sound, movement and light

A Vivid encounter of sound, movement and light

A Vivid encounter of sound, movement and light

At the opening night of Vivid Sydney Light, Music and Ideas Festival, Associate Lecturer in Music, Mary Mainsbridge debuted new ensemble works within an immersive audio-visual environment at East Sydney Community and Arts Centre.

Pieces featured the Telechord, a motion-controlled musical system that transforms continuous body movement into synthesised sounds and interactive light beams projected onto the body, using customised software and an Xbox Kinect. It has become the artist designer’s main instrument in recent years, in conjunction with the voice.

Joining bass, laptops and electronic drums, the theremin-inspired system produced gliding tones that formed a soundscape for original video art created by Sydney-based artist, Julian D Young. Audience members at the well-attended event reacted with interest about the clear links between movement, sound and interactive visuals throughout the show.

This performance contributes to a broader practice-based research program focused on developing new design and performance strategies for non-physical instruments controlled by the body.

Combining movement improvisation approaches from dance practice and instrumental metaphors from digital and acoustic musical instrument design, the Telechord provides an exploratory framework for musicians and designers to explore potential relationships between human movement and sonic processes.

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