TZM Creative Lab has launched a crowdfunding project to fund the production of the Motus – an inexpensive ‘spatial wireless instrument’ that translates gestures into sound.
There’s a long history of gestural controllers in electronic music, notably the Buchla Lightning. The Motus is designed around current electronic technologies, though, which allows it to be very affordable – $79 or $49 for a DIY model.
The Motus includes a variety of sensors, as shown above, and is compatible with MIDI, OSC, Max for Live / Max and ReWire.
There are three Motus models:
- Motus Pro ($149) – uses a dedicated receiver, allowing up to 30 meters working range and up to 12 devices simultaneously; More precision and accuracy; High data rate – no perceivable latency
- Motus Classic (starts at $79) – uses Bluetooth 4 LE Smart connectivity, no receiver is needed.
- Motus Hacker ($49) – Build your own Motus device, hack it and add external sensors. Print your own Motus body, solder the PCB, take advantage of Arduino community and thousands of open source libraries.
Here is the official intro video:
Here’s a video demoing a dance performance use case:
The next video demonstrates a live visual control use case:
The last video demonstrates using the Motus as a gestural music controller:
Details on the Motus can be found at the project page.