MOTION SONIC PROJECT The power of sound is within you

You can create sound in sync with your exact movements.
Through this sound, making motions will become even more fun moving
along with your own instincts.
MOTION SONIC PROJECT is a project to create a
never-have-done new music experience together with you.

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INTERACTION DESIGN

Our goal is "Complete synchronization of
physical sensation with sound".
Through the combination of microphones and
gyro sensors,
we are developing a system by precisely tracking the motion vector, speed, and fluctuation, to deliver 2 experiences:  "Transforming body movement into sound" and "Controlling music through body movement".

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Current experiment and
experience-making scenes.

RESEARCH #1

Exploring the possibilities of playing music through body motion.

2016.12

We experimented with various people.

What would it be like if we added the power of sound to body movement?
To fully explore the possibilities of the experimental ver. 3.0 device, we tried many collaborations.

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"We tried MOTION SONIC tissue hand-out."

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"We tried MOTION SONIC ball juggle at a high school."

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"We played with MOTION SONIC super pose in a classroom."

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"We tried MOTION SONIC 'Mochi' pounding with the New Year holiday spirit."

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"We tried MOTION SONIC trampoline."

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"We tried MOTION SONIC 'Kabe-don' wall thwacks."

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"We tried MOTION SONIC cartoon-like baseball."

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"We had Kanna try MOTION SONIC horizontal bar twirling."

Workshop with s**t kingz

We had the s**t kingz workshop participants try out our experimental device.
All the dancers were very impressive! They controlled sound as they danced,
and the people around them couldn't resist and started dancing too!
Everybody seemed to have a great time!

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Participants' MOTION SONIC dance part 1

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Participants' MOTION SONIC dance part 2

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NOPPO & shoji's
Dance Session

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oguri & kazuki's
Dance Session

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Smile to the camera★

2016.11

Prototyping in which dance creates music.

This prototyping expands dance as a way for dancers to make music with their own movements,
like musicians getting together to do a jam session.
The development of musical experience that will create music from
improvisational dance is currently underway through trial and error in collaboration with the s**t kingz.

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Prototyping
Filter control

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Prototyping
Combining "two tracks"

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Prototyping
Filter control & striking sound

2016.10

Experimental Ver3.0 Device Trial Event

We opened to public to try out the experimental ver3.0 device to test the upgraded version.
Positive responses included "Interesting!" and "Feels good!"
We also received useful feedback on ideas for
how to use the device and requests for a more compact size.

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Demo Trial
"So exciting I want to move more!"

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Demo Trial
"A whole new world for dance!"

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Demo Trial
"Catch my punch if you can!"

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Demo Trial
"Sorcerer of Sound!"

Experimenting the freedom of
controlling sound,
together with professionals in various fields.

Starting with s**t kingz, by having them
try the new ver3.0 device,
we challenged new expression creation with
variety of professionals such as
Ballerina, Bodybuilder, Karate Fighter, and Rapper.

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Rapper O-KOOL
"Beyond rap"

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Performer: s**t kingz
"Entertainment using sounds of water :)"

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Ballerina: Momoka Mitsunaga
"Oh, amazing!"

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Bodybuilder: Masashi Suzuki
"Flex those muscles!"

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Karate Fighter: Rika Usami
"Perfecting technique (no cut edition)"

2016.07

Prototyping to achieve synchronization
of sound and physical sensation.

Using the experimental ver2.0 device with microphones and 6-axis sensors,
s**t kingz carried out the prototyping experience.
While implementing our idea of "building interest through experience"
we pursued a closer connection between body movement and sound creation.

Experiential Prototyping with
"Transforming body movement into sound"

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Prototyping
Synchronizing sound with hand movement

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Prototyping
Transforming sound through agile movements

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Prototyping
Creating contrasting sound through regulated movement

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Prototyping
Expressing quick footwork through sound

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Prototyping
Creating sound through sudden stop motion

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Prototyping
Creating swaying sounds through hand movements

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Prototyping
Turn the forcefulness of "Kabe-don" into sound
(※ "Kabe-don" is a situation when you thwack your hand against the wall.)

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Prototyping
Give an impact to greeting with sound

Experiential Prototyping with
"Controlling music through body movement"

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Prototyping
Transforming music through hand movements

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Prototyping
Transforming music through dance

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Prototyping
Distorting music through dance

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Prototyping
Playing with music through pantomime

2016.04

Using a variety of sensors to create
a range of sound outputs.

In cooperation with s**t kingz, we experimented and gathered information on methods other than
microphones and 6-axis sensors to
convert motion into sound.
However, we were preoccupied with producing sounds and as a result,
movements were limited.
This reaffirmed the importance of interaction between the free movements and sound.

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Myoelectric Sensor
Transforming sound through muscle movements

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Bend Sensor
Transforming sound through finger movements

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Pressure Sensor
Transforming sound through footsteps

Discussion with performer, s**t kingz

Worldwide performing artist, s**t kingz, were asked to test the ver1.0 device to
experiment with "transforming body movements into sound".
We received comments and their high physical skills produced impressive audio results.
This gave us a platform from which to launch the next stage of our developments.

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Function
Transforming body movement into sound

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Controlling music through body movement