Movement to MIDI – making music and Alzheimer’s

Mid December 2020 I was invited by a longstanding friend to work with her partner Lou. At the age of 60 she suffers from a rare type of Alzheimer’s which left her visually impaired and severely affected her speech. Music and gently moving to rhythms are the two things she enjoys most. Over the coming year I will be working with her to develop interactive musical instruments that work primarily through gesture and simple movement. No musical knowledge or skills to play a real instrument are required. Working with Lou feels like a beautiful and rewarding opportunity has come my way, which might open new opportunities for my practice to evolve.

Experiment with Motion to midi notes

I this example I am using the build-in FaceTime camera to capture the movement, which is then translated into MIDI-notes.