Heartbeats Power An Audio Visual Performance

Heartbeats Power An Audio Visual Performance

A live musical performance that comes literally from the heart.

Naresh Kumar
  • 4 august 2010

One of the highlights of this year’s Sao Paulo’s FILE festival was a unique audiovisual performance by the Terminalbeach called the Heart Chamber Orchestra in which a dozen classical musicians used their heartbeats to generate a musical score which they read and played from laptops placed in front of them. The musicians were equipped with ECG sensors and a computer monitored them in real time to provide information on their heartbeats which they used to compose a truly live musical score that changed with the fluctuations in their heartbeats. The heart data also generated computer graphics that added a visual layer in the background, making it a captivating audio visual performance.

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