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MotionComposer is an artistic and therapeutic tool that turns motion into music – and the company has recently chosen Genelec loudspeakers to partner its revolutionary new technology.

MotionComposer is an artistic and therapeutic tool that turns motion into music – and the company has recently chosen Genelec loudspeakers to partner its revolutionary new technology.

MotionComposer is an artistic and therapeutic tool that turns motion into music – and the company has recently chosen Genelec loudspeakers to partner its revolutionary new technology.

MotionComposer Genelec case study

 


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Genelec helps MotionComposer turn movement into music


NATICK, MA, April 28, 2020 — Created by Robert Wechsler in collaboration with therapists, artists and people with other abilities, MotionComposer is an artistic and therapeutic tool that turns motion into music – and the company has recently chosen Genelec loudspeakers to partner its revolutionary new technology.

The roots of MotionComposer stretch back to 2010 when Wechsler – a choreographer and interactive dance pioneer – was contacted by Alicia Peñalba, a Spanish music therapist with the idea of working with disabled children. This led to the concept of a device that would let everyone, regardless of ability, control sounds through movement. Years of development and workshops followed to refine the concept into something that would be simple to set up and use, allowing therapists to focus on their work, not the technicalities.

The resulting MotionComposer 3.0 is based on passive stereovision – featuring two cameras but no laser or IR projector – to understand the positioning of a human body in a 3D environment. With this information the device can recognize even the smallest movements of the body, such as the blink of an eye, and convert them into a range of sounds, which are then reproduced via a pair of white Genelec 8020D active studio loudspeakers.

“There were several reasons we chose Genelec,” says Wechsler. “The first is the quality of the sound. Some of the interactive musical environments we put people in are not playing music, but rather natural sounds, like rustling leaves or insects. We work with people with very limited movement and so a very small movement, like a blink of the eye, might make a small sound like a twig snapping. So we don’t just want speakers that play music, we want speakers that let you hear and wake your ears up to the full range of what sound can be. We liked the fact that Genelec speakers really let you experience every tiny little thing that might be there for your ears to hear. That is also therapeutically important because if you want people to focus on the sense of hearing, one very good way to do it is to get into the world of little delicate sounds – and that perks up your aural capacity. The dynamic range of the speaker is therefore very important, so you get the delicacy, but you also get quite a strong kick out of them.”

Other factors that were important in the selection of Genelec loudspeakers also included their robust nature, aesthetic design and the ethics of Genelec as a company. “The company has a good social ethic,” notes Wechsler. “I like that the factory is energy neutral. That social ethic belongs to our conscience too. It seems like a good fit.”

With MotionComposer 3.0 hitting the market this spring, the company is already looking forward to offering more to its users. “Once we prove our concept to the world, then we have lots of ways we want to expand,” says Wechsler. “We’d like to expand it musically and in terms of features like jumping. We philosophically believe that people with other abilities should get good stuff. They might not be able to move much, so it becomes even more important if you are limited in some ways that you have access to the best kind of experience.”

“Music and dance play a deep role in our sense of well-being, and even what it means to be human,” he concludes. “This is true for everyone – persons with and without disabilities – and with the right technology, everyone can take part.”

For more information visit www.genelec.com and www.motioncomposer.com.


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Genelec, the pioneer in Active Monitoring technology, is celebrating over 40 years of designing and manufacturing active loudspeakers for true and accurate sound reproduction. Genelec is credited with promoting the concept of active transducer technology. Since its inception in 1978, Genelec has concentrated its efforts and resources into creating active monitors with unparalleled sonic integrity. The result is an active speaker system that has earned global acclaim for its accurate imaging, extremely high acoustic output from small enclosures, true high-fidelity with low distortion, and deep, rich bass.

Genelec is also celebrating over 10 years of its Smart Active Monitoring™ technology, which allows studio monitors to be networked, configured and calibrated for the user’s specific acoustic environment. Each Smart Active Monitor or subwoofer is equipped with advanced internal DSP circuitry, which tightly integrates with the GLM (Genelec Loudspeaker Manager) software application, running on Mac or PC. GLM’s reference microphone kit allows the user’s acoustic environment to be analyzed, after which GLM’s AutoCal feature optimizes each Smart Active Monitor for level, distance delay, subwoofer crossover phase and room response equalization, with the option of further fine tuning by the user. By minimizing the room’s influence on the sound, Smart Active Monitors deliver an unrivalled reference, with excellent translation between rooms.

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—For more information on the complete range of Genelec Active Monitoring Systems, contact: Genelec Inc., 7 Tech Circle, Natick, MA 01760. Tel: (508) 652-0900; Fax: (508) 652-0909;
Web: http://www.genelecusa.com/.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


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