The Sonotrope – Sculpture of Movement
The Sonotrope is a VR installation/performance, in which music, dance and technology come together. Robin Noorda, Alfred Marseille (Tropism Art & Science Foundation) and Jilt van Moorst (VRAcademy) are still developing The Sonotrope, but we had the honour to present this work-in-progress to our visitors at Cinedans FEST.
Choreographer Heidi Vierthaler, Cinedans dramaturge Nienke Rooijakkers and dancers Shay Partush and Luca Cacitti came together to give life to this experimental technology. The performers were able to create sounds and patterns through remote controls which were projected and visible for the audience. The patterns being a mix of colours and shapes that came together as a virtual sculpture.
Jilt van Moorst and Robin Noorda, initiators of the project, talked about the artist Nathalie Miebach as one of their inspirations:
Nathalie Miebach makes soundscapes inspired by natural phenomena and translates them to 3D, ‘wouldn’t it be nice if we could create something like this in VR?’. That’s the origin of The Sonostrope.
We asked a few questions to the dancer (Shay Partush) about the creative process.
How much have you been involved into the process?
We had quite some influence on the process. For example, when we were creating the sounds we wanted
Did you already know beforehand what the music would be like?
Yes, more or less. We met the composer who created the sounds. Then we connected each sound to a shape, creating visual sounds.
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