At the Intersection of Music and Data, Visualizing a Drummer's Movements

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Bartek Szlachcic, an audiovisual artist based in Poland, used motion capture software to trace his drumsticks in space during a performance, creating this mesmerizing video. Portrait of a Ghost Drummer is a part of the artist's ongoing investigation of "the interdependence between sound, video, human senses and issues of data storage," a solo project named Odaibe.

Szlachcic describes the creative development of the piece in his artist's statement: 

Portrait of a Ghost Drummer expands the understanding of a drummer's activity from purely auditory experience to spontaneous visual performance. From a technical point of view, motion trajectory was captured on a Vicon MX system, then raw CSV files were translated into visual language in a 3D environment. My self-developed technique is inspired by areas such as drumming notation, action painting, choreography, Japanese calligraphy and 3D digital drawing.


Some images of the process of creating Ghost Drummer, courtesy of the artist

Another work by Szlachcic, Odaibe: Midnight Train, creates an interaction between live performance and video projection. 

For more work by Bartek Szlachcic, see http://www.odaibe.com/.

Via FastCo.Design

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Kasia Cieplak-Mayr von Baldegg is the executive producer for video at The AtlanticMore

Cieplak-Mayr von Baldegg's work in media spans documentary television, advertising, and print. As a producer in the Viewer Created Content division of Al Gore's Current TV, she acquired and produced short documentaries by independent filmmakers around the world. Post-Current, she worked as a producer and strategist at Urgent Content, developing consumer-created and branded nonfiction campaigns for clients including Cisco, Ford, and GOOD Magazine. She studied filmmaking and digital media at Harvard University, where she was co-creator and editor in chief of H BOMB Magazine.

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