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Judith Shatin Brings Xbox Workshop to ACO coLABoratory

By Shane Jordan s.jordan@classicalite.com on Feb 05, 2016 09:06 PM EST

After illustrating what the technology can do through her sketch, Red Moon, this March composer Judith Shatin will be bringing her experimental Xbox powered Black Moon project to American Composers Orchestra's (ACO) coLABoratory workshop  -- the world's first and only Research and Development lab for experimental new music. In preparation for her world premiere of Black Moon by the ACO at Carnegie Hall's Zankel Hal this fall, the workshop, open free to the public March 5, will show how Shatin developed the video-gaming system's motion-sensing input device, the Kinect, into a musical instrument capable of reacting in real-time.

According to the ACO's recent press release, 2pm March 5, 2016 at the DiMenna Center for Classical Music, American composer Judith Shatin will be on hand with Music Director George Manahan and other members of ACO for coLABoratory: Judith Shatin's Black Moon to workshop a new piece for conductor-controlled electronics and orchestra:

"In the new piece, Shatin will be utilizing Kinect, a motion-sensing input device commonly used in Xbox video-gaming systems.

"The composer uses the Kinect to analyze the conductor's motions, then send the data to a computer that is programmed to generate electronic sounds that respond to the conductor and musicians in real time."

The workshop will be followed by a hands-on demonstration for curious audience members looking to interact with the motion based technology one-on-one.

While admission to the ACO's Judith Shatin's CoLABoratory workshop is completely free, space at the event is extremely limited, and it is recommended that those interested reserve a seat as soon as possible through the orchestra's official website.

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