The Dancer as Musician
In my professional practice as a musician, composer and educator, I have worked extensively with Dance students to create original musical works for choreography. As rewarding as this has been, there has been a limited input into the musical content from the dancers perspective. At best, I may get an emotive description of what the Dancers are going for and in most cases the artist would prefer you to compose the musical content in isolation. There maybe some review, but generally the dancer/choreographer will choreograph to the fixed composition. I have become increasingly interested in the dancer as a musician. Musical content created in real-time by the performer. This is not a new concept and there are many examples of systems that are in place to allow Dancers to control sonic media through the movement of their body within a defined space. The prohibitive factor in many of these systems is the requirement for both costly hardware and software. My research looks to provide a suite of tools for movement controlled and composed sonic media with readily available and cost effective solutions.
Iphone Pros : Easily accessible hardware which is popular and has proliferated worldwide
The proliferation of the smart phone around the world in the past 10 years has been quite astonishing. Is commonplace for people of all ages in particular students and teachers to have access to a smart phone. The devices are in effect powerful handheld computers the container number of high-powered processes and on-board sensors that can relay data. Although this data is intended work with the commercially available software and the features of the particular phone it is also possible to access utilise this data and to control performance based software. By using OSC it is possible to capture and route a variety of control data into a networked computer. A software package such as Max/MSP from the developers Cycling 74 has the flexibility to route this data, scale it to appropriate standards and then implement the data in the control of MIDI based hardware or software devices.
Here is my sampling setup:
- Ableton Live Suite for manipulating samples
- Logic Pro X for editing
- Push 2 for triggering
- Studio monitors