The Aeolia team are thrilled to be taking the cello garment to Tangible and Embedded Interfaces 2010 at the Media Lab, MIT this week.
The garment is part of the Aeolia project on stretch sensing on the body. Whereas the backs used commercially available material, this piece uses our own explorations in knitted stretch sensing, created by Martha Glazzard at Nottingham Trent University using conductive yarn from Bekaert.
The garment is also an exploration in fit and the control of stretch over the body, to maximise the effectiveness of the sensors placed at the elbow and the underarm. It was made specifically for cellist Peter Gregson for the occasion of New Media Scotland's 10th anniversary event at the CCA, Glasgow last year.
As Peter plays, the data from the two sensors is used to modulate the (electronic) performance, courtesy of Yann Seznec on Max MSP.
We're very pleased with being able to shift the whole project from a concept, through proof of concept, to the beginnings of a considered performance - the garment is becoming part of the network of instruments.
See the rehearsal video here.