Bodies, Sensors, and Sound workshop

Working with accelerometers and movement to manipulate sound.

Sunday, September 23rd
Saturday, September 29th
Sunday, September 30th
12 – 3pm

Instructors: Natalie Metzger and Stephanie Smith

Non-members: $200
Members: $185
Parts & materials included.


Course Description:

We will build a simple arduino-based accelerometer interface that will interpret movement to manipulate sound. We will inform our movement with a miniature choreography class where we observe the movement around us, categorize it using Laban Movement Analysis, and expand upon it using choreographic tools. We will learn how to use PureData to transcode this movement exploration into an expressive sound environment.

What you’ll need:

Laptop with PureData (free program that we’ll install in class)
A sock or stocking (clean preferred)

The following kit will be provided:

  • Arduino UNO R3 (w/ headers)
  • accelerometer: MMA7361
  • USB 2.0 cable
  • all necessary resistors, wires, and solder

Lesson 1:

Sensor Introduction
Sensor Build
Movement Introduction

Lesson 2:

Movement exploration
Sensor Programming

Lesson 3:

Active playing with sensors and movement
Brainstorm future potentials and projects

Instructor Bios:

Natalie Metzger (movement artist) is an award-winning choreographer and filmmaker based in Los Angeles. She uses the body and technology to create abstract narratives in highly aestheticized environments. Her work has been recognized across the US and internationally with such honors as the HARC Foundation’s 2011 Emerging Choreographer Award, the American Dance Festival’s Certificate of Distinction, the Sudler Award in the Arts, the Pioneer Award, and Official Selections from more than twenty-five festivals in North America and Europe. Metzger holds a Master of Fine Arts in Dance and Integrated Media from California Institute of the Arts and a Bachelor of Arts in Dance and Theater from Emory University.

Stephanie Smith (composer/electronic artist)
Stephanie Cheng Smith is a multiple-media artist, composer and violinist who enjoys creating environments that move and influence the mind and body. She often works with massive textures, tactile objects, light, and choreography. She is a graduate of the University of Chicago and earned a Master of Fine Arts in Experimental Sound Practices and Integrated Media at California Institute of the Arts.