'Instrumented Bodies' Performs with Responsive Musical Skeletons

 - Aug 15, 2013
References: idmil.org & dezeen
Created for McGill University's Input Devices and Music Interaction Lab, 'Instrumented Bodies' by Joseph Malloch and Ian Hattwick explores the musical potential of prosthetics.

The external skeletons respond to movement as prosthetic extensions with motion sensors. The instruments can be played conventionally, or attached to the body to add an additional dimension to dance performance.

Malloch and Hattwick aimed to "develop instruments that are visually striking, utilize advanced sensing technologies, and are rugged enough for extensive use in performance." Instrumented Bodies was used to enhance a contemporary dance performance titled Les Gestes. The piece is captivating as the reaction of musical prosthetic draws extra attention the movement of dancers. This added dimension makes for a visual spectacle that stimulates all of the senses.