My final project for NMD 200 was a work done in collaboration with Seth Lockman. Our goal was to find a way to use a Kinect to make musical notes using relations of distances between joints of two people playing capoeira, an Afro-Brazilian dance/martial art. The purpose of this project was to examine and change the relation of dance and music. In capoeira, like almost all forms of dance, the music controls all aspects of the “game” being played: the speed, the intensity, when a change of players can take place, etc. Our project sought to flip that relationship on its head by having the players and the game they play generate the music instead of the music regulate the game. Although we weren’t able to fully realize our original goal, I am very proud of what my partner and I were able to accomplish.
Here is a more in-depth explanation of what our project was: Lockman-Bauer Project 4 Proposal