Concert "Electronic Frankenstein"
The concert (composer
and director Andrea Liberovici,
scenery Paolo Giacchero, actress Ottavia Fusco) depicts
the contemporary composer as a kind of Frankenstein, creating a new sound
creature starting from infinite combinations of existing sounds. The
composition is like a live body, arising from several music genres and
sub-genres meeting and fighting between them in a precise correspondence with
body parts: head, feet, hands, and so on. In this mapping, every sound is
conceived as a character emerging from the integration of music, words, light,
The concert is divided into two parts. For the first
one, "Frankenstein Cabaret", several writers and poets were asked to write a
sentence getting inspiration from one anatomical or psychical body part. The
text of the second part, "Electronic Lied", is extracted from messages
gathered from chat lines on the theme of love. The philosophical issue of
identity is addressed by considering the exchanges of messages, the unexpected
meetings, the change of identity and genre, and the anonymity that modern
communication means on the Internet (e.g., chats) allow.
The EyesWeb open platform was employed for motion analysis and for generation of visual content in real-time. In particular, some strategies for direct mapping of detected motion cues and features of the output images were experimented. For example, features like color, amount of deformation, amount and color of body tracks, etc. were associated to extracted expressive cues such as Quantity of Motion, Motion Direction, Amount of Upward Movement, Contraction Index.
The EyesWeb open platform and the EyesWeb Expressive Gesture Processing Library were employed for motion analysis and for developing mapping strategies.