Our goal is "Complete synchronization of
physical sensation with sound".
Through the combination of microphones and
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".
Current experiment and
Creating unprecedented performances.
Experiments aiming to create new dance performances by making sound through movement.
We tried a new dance performance with the s**t kingz using the experimental ver. 4.0 device which has more accurate sensors. Instead of dancing to music, we explored new possibilities for dance by creating sound through dance movements.
Exploring the possibilities of playing music through body motion.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Discussion with Performance Team, 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.
Learn about the passion behind the development and
other initiatives on the Sony "Stories" Website. Please take a look!
Sony Stories Vol.1
Sony, co-creating a new sound experience
with performing artists.
- This was new sensation with the collaborations of music created by dancers and by us who usually creates the music. I wanted to explore further and create something like an orchestra. (Turntablist DJ IZOH)
- The sounds matched the energetic dancing and it was truly exciting! I felt like I wanted to keep playing my bass forever. (Bassist Juna from SORAMIMI)
- We felt the potential that anyone at a party can become the main act! It was very exciting because it was like we were creating a new interplay between music and dance. (Performance Team s**t kingz)
Remarks from participating the MOTION SONIC Dance Party
There is a theory that music originated with body movement.
Before there were musical instruments,
people enjoyed music instinctively,
clapping their hands or stamping their feet.
However, while modern technological advancements have
created a diversity of musical expression and musical media,
we have not noticed the loss of how we always really savored music.
Since the company's founding,
Sony has brought about changes in lifestyles and cultures through sound.
We have now launched MOTION SONIC PROJECT out of a desire to return to the origins of music.
Anyone can have fun creating pleasant music through the movement of their bodies.
And sound, in turn, makes movement more fun,
increasing the possibilities of physical movements.
Through this project, we hope to redesign the relationship between people and sound,
and create a new kind of music experience.
Let's play the challenge.