Your body is your musical interface*

Hosted by Pedro Lopes

Standard electronic music instruments are feature-laden and powerful but sometimes difficult to integrate into exciting stage performances; it’s hard to rock your body while sitting behind your MIDI interface and pushing buttons. Often audiences are staring at performers who are in turn staring into laptops, and what’s missing is the full range of musical expression.

In this workshop we will explore, design, and build new musical controllers that use your own body as the interface to your music: control synthesizers with your biceps, twist your wrists to create music in real time, and so forth. These physical controllers unleash your full performance potential: muscles, motion, breath, heartbeat - anything can be integrated in your music-making.

We will build interfaces using sensors, Arduino, Max for Live, and Ableton Live. No prior knowledge of programming or hardware is required.