Momentum – Interactive framework for creating visuals from body movement

Developed by Schnellebuntebilder and Kling Klang Klong, Momentum is an interactive framework to create synaesthetic experiences of sounds and visuals generated from a body’s movement.

The idea to create a real-time analytics tool for movements started at the Choreographic Coding Lab of Motion Bank in 2013 and was quickly set in motion. Based on the intensity and direction of each move, the GPU-based system calculates and visualizes the trajectory of over 2 million particles. The foundation for this shared vocabulary consists of two-dimensional and three-dimensional motion tracking data (e.g. skeleton, optical flow, Kinect 2…), which run through a handmade custom programmed tool based on the vvvv software. Via an OSC-interface this evaluated output is delivered to kling klang klong’s soundframework “MOTIONKLONG”, which is based on the software Max. Here the data is transformed into generative sounds. It also controls the behaviour and sonic attributes of the adaptive music running in Ableton Live.

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