Music in Motion

Javier Sanchez, 2009

This research work deals with the creation of intermedia material and it has been designed for piano performance. It is based on the idea of flying musically through an existing virtual scenario. The movements across the scene are controlled directly by the pianist while performing. A dialog between music and visual dimension is created, allowing the interaction between them by means of visual and musical messages. In some occasions, the music is guiding the visual dimension and in other cases, the visual dimension drives the music in a specific direction.

Musically flying

Javier Sanchez, 2009

This project deals with the interaction of music and complex shapes while performing. Parametric curves and surfaces (NURBS) are used to represent the music movements of the performer in real time. Using different strategies, music parameters are related to geometric parameter to move and change the surfaces shapes around the space. Textures are applied on the surfaces and in the background, which is also musically controlled. Different performers can share the same scene and interact between them musically and graphically.

Sketching sounds

Javier Sanchez, 2009

The basic idea of this performance is to relate spatial representations to sound and viceversa. By means of a pen display, the performer explores a two dimensional scenario in which sound and sketches are closely related. This performance is an artistic variation of an original research project, which consists on the use of sound feedback techniques to assist visually impaired people in the recognition of curves shapes. 'Sound gestures' can be easily identified with 'hand gestures'.


Jaroslaw Kapuscinski, Javier Sanchez, 2009

Research leading to the development of an intermedia performance Counterlines - a duet for Disklavier and Wacom Cintiq. In the work both performers generate audiovisual gestures that relate to each other contrapuntally. Using Max/MSP/Jitter and visual projection the pianist generates graphic elements by playing on the keyboard and the graphic performer generates piano notes by drawing. The research deals among else with issues of intermedia composition, performance, mapping, causality and real-time generation of graphics.


Javier Sanchez, 2009

The main idea of this audiovisual material is to experiment with the relation between 'musical movement' and 'spatial movement'. Geometric lines are used to translate music gestures and vice-versa. As example of this, a music rest can be expressed in different ways using a geometric rest. Lines have some common features which can be appreciated along the workpiece: they are not perfectly straight, they are close to horizontality or verticality. Some simple mathematical algorithms have been used to create the visual effects. A programming interface has been created, which allows the user to create geometry and manipulate it 'on the fly' while performing.

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