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The Brief
Published: 9 Dec 2014

Magical Colour: Momentum

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Momentum by Schnellebunterbilder and Kling Klang Klong

Berlin-based interaction design studio Schnellebuntebilder teamed up with German sound designers Kling Klang Klong to create Momentum, a real-time interactive framework that translates data from body movement into captivating sound and visual experiences.

The system uses a Microsoft Kinect 2 camera – typically used for playing video games – to transform the user and their surroundings into a whirling and ever-transforming sea of digital particles and patterns. The results look like a flowing, colourful virtual reality that exists in a 3D space. The synaesthetic experience of fluid forms and sounds allows users to control and manipulate dynamic models with their own bodies.

The effect evokes the aesthetic of American music producer Tycho's See music video, produced using similar technology and outlined in our Magical colour concept for Autumn/Winter 2016-17. Look to this inspirational report for more on this light-filled and enchanting aesthetic. Radiant Hues sees this trend translated into architectural and spatial environments, physical product and more.

Directors are increasingly using gaming technology in experimental ways for captivating effects, particularly for music and fashion shorts. See our reports Digital Chromatics and Augmented Colour for more.

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