Body DJ’ing, kinetic music composition, turning the ripples of your facial muscles into a Winamp visualization or back into music… the present really is the best science fiction! In this post we’re giving you the greatest sensor-controlled music making videos we could find – loud, bouncy and very, very decent eyecandy!


Motion into music! New Zealand project V Motion turns conductors into rock stars or vica versa – either way, this is one of the most eye-catching illustration of how you can drive your audience mad by just waving around (with a Kinect hack and some projection mapping thrown in for good measure). It’s not that easy, though – this great blog post will shed some light on the biggest problems: latency, air keyboards or multiple Kinects in one setup.


V Motion is definitely sex in your retinas but if you want a setup of Kinects and Ableton Lives to turn you into a DERVISH OF STOMP, you’d better head to Melbourne. Art/music project Ethno Tekh (masterfully pimped by Enig’Matik Records) shows you what it’s like to take the whole gear to the parties and turn it into ROCK! Definitely missing the Bionic Ballerinas from this gig – but we honestly think that one of the next blockbusters will have a few party scenes with acts like Ethno Tekh! (You need more tech details? Read them here!)


The Leap Motion device can detect a 1/100mm of motion of fingers with no visible latency – but in order to do that, you have to keep your fingers and hands in a space of 8 cubic feet. This obviously limits your possibility to rock, but perfect for high-precision chords of carnage! By the way, this system reminds us a lot of touchscreen music maker apps like Nodebeat or the ones Brian Eno and Peter Chilvers released (such as Bloom or Trope).


Daito Manabe is the mad scientist of musical experiments, LED lights and microshocks! On one of his most well-known videos, he turns his face into a visualization of high-frequency glitch music by way of microshocks. Also saying – this looks highly reversible, so eating a lemon could land you the next Bittersweet Symphony. Just saying.


Daito Manabe, on the other hand, does some even more impressive experiments. Teaming up with Japan’s top hip-hop dancers, he turned their movements into drums, bass and lush synth. (Here’s a behind-the-scenes clip for you about the tech.)


Hailing from the last years of the last decade, Lightdancer gives you a nostalgia for 90s rave videos, REZ and a touch of joyful cyberhippieism. Kinect would serve you way better in 2013 but we can’t get enough of the cheesy vocoders!


“Air-ergy is categorized as a work of interactive installations. Making use of a sensing device that is mounted on a human body in a particular space, the demonstration of this work is triggered by the body action of the audience, which means to demonstrate the kinetic energy of a man in real world through interactive sound effect and video in a particular space.” – Looks and feels like a wonderful performance from any Ars Electronica cyber arts event – deep and certainly one of the more subtle uses of this technology.

Ethno Tekh

Not enough? Got better ideas? Post one of your favourite Kinect/body hacks in the comments or the Body-Made Beats forum thread!