Plug + Play is a portable toolkit for the performance of electronic or computer-based music. Traditionally, electronic music requires
the performer to hunch behind a laptop or synthesiser pushing buttons and twiddling knobs, as a consequence this can the lack live visual performance and on-stage energy of a more traditional band. Using a collection of sensors and lights, Plug + Play provides
a means for a more dynamic performance of electronic music by translating gestures and actions into sound and lighting effects.
Each sensor works according to a different method of interaction (Movement, Intimacy, Twist & Slam) and can be worn on the body
or attached to an existing instrument. As such, a microphone stand can become a 3D music controller, a maraca a heavy bass line or
a raised hand a pulsating synth wave.
My design fits within the existing architecture of a live performance and interfaces with the huge range of sounds provided through
modern music software (a sort of advanced, digital equivalent of the guitar pedal). With the increased accessibility of music creation
programs on laptops and tablet devices, it has never been easier to produce your own music, however there are currently very few options when it comes to performing this music live. Plug + Play can integrate electronic sounds into a live band, orchestral performance, or simply give electronic artists new ways to create sounds and music. The whole kit can be packed up and easily
carried and would be particularly suitable for performance in small music venues, as well as easily integrating into a larger stage
set-up, suiting both bedroom producers and more established musicians.
As vocals are a common element in many electronic tracks, I used the microphone stand as my main point of focus for this project.
Already featuring as a tool for expression by many performers, each Plug and Play sensor enables this expression and physical
interaction to become a central part of the music creation. The result is to turn the simple microphone stand into an instrument in its own right and offer a more tactile and emotive interaction with electronic and digital sounds.
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