Usage

The Laeterna Machina Dance Collective, Workshops

Idea


Gaetano Giunta presenting the Electronic Dance Suit to the public after a Laeterna Machina Show.

The main idea is to think about the body as a musical intrument. Movement and acceleration can be used as a regular music  instrument (a keyboard for example): to create and transform music and  video in real-time.

Technology

Wireless Midi

The Electronic Dance Suit is based on the 8 Ana - 8 Num HF sensor box created by Interface-Z with its wireless extension (Wireless Midi HF 433 Mhz). It allows 8 analogues sensors and 8 « switchs » to be connected simultaneously.

The Wireless Midi allows great reliability on stage as well a good compatibility with audio musical instruments and computers.

Sensors

On this suit, The Laeterna Machina Dance Collective have been using successively 2 single-axis and 2 dual-axis accelerometers for Tilt and motion sensing on the fists and 6 switch located on the wrist, the shoulders and the knees.

  • the ADXL202JE dual-axis Accelerometer

Senses acceleration (or deceleration) and inclination (tilt, ie. acceleration due to gravitation) in two dimensions simultaneously. Detects upto ±2 G acceleration and a full 360° in two tilt axes. Integrated within the Gforce2D from I-CubeX

  • the ADXL250 dual-axis Accelerometer

It is a sensor designed to measure accelerations that result from an applied force. It responds to the component of acceleration on both the “X” and “Y” axis. Integrated by Interface-Z

  • the HMC1021Z single-axis Accelerometer

It is a single-axis magnetoresistive sensor integrated by Cyrille Henry / La Kitchen

Please check this video of teh first experiments done by the Laeterna Machina Dance Collective back in 2003, with Gaetano Giunta as the dancer.