Kinect-ing grains of sand: Art, technology, music and the creation of a sand dancer


Sand dunes are seen in the Gobi Desert, located south of the Mongolian capital city of Ulaanbaatar, April 3, 2012. (DAVID GRAY/REUTERS)

Star Wars fans may be grumbling this week over the invention of Microsoft’s Kinect Technology — seriously, you just don’t do this to Han Solo, people. However, this video (after the jump) created by Daniel Franke of We Are ChopShop and Cedric Kiefer of onformative goes a long way towards redeeming the technology.

The finished work, called unnamed soundsculture, is a fascinating marriage of art, tech and music:

Kiefer and Franke used three Kinect cameras to record the dancer’s motion and then married the finished product with Machinefabriek’s song “Kreukeltape.” If you’re curious about how they created the sand-like effect, they have posted an explanation on their Web site as well as this making-of video:

Thanks to the folks at PSFK for putting this on the path of Rhode Island School of Design President John Maeda, and to Maeda for putting it on mine.

Sandancing. RT @PSFK: Two artists use @kinect to create a stunning moving digital sculpture. risd.cc/HbHl8T

— johnmaeda (@johnmaeda) April 4, 2012

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