Google Glass Ensemble: Viola Composition Made in Glass Videos

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Alexander Chen is turning into Google’s resident composer. In his latest experiment, he uses the controversial-but-buzzed-about Google Glass wearable tech as a video source for making music. Layering together a series of loops of his solo viola playing, he weaves a contemplative, modal composition. It’s a sort of overdubbed chamber ensemble in video. (The spare, parallel writing is to me reminiscent of a Copland string quartet.)

There’s nothing here that couldn’t be done with a head-mounted camera, but perhaps that’s the lesson. In our camera sensor-filled lives, a big part of the design statement Glass makes is the vision of a point-of-view video, seeing the world digitally as if through our own eyes. And there’s something a bit intimate about seeing the instrument, as his kid wanders around the room.

Thanks, Alex.

http://work.chenalexander.com/

Previously:

Bach Cello Suite No. 1, Visualized in Sweeping Arcs, and the Math Beneath

At Music Hack Day, Amidst Listening Interfaces, Novel Performance Control a Winner

Music Made with NYC Subway Schedules; HTML5+Flash, Q+A with Artist-Developer

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