The novelty of the Motion Origami Guitar prototype is not in addressing a particular technical solution, but rather in showcasing new performance and compositional strategies emerging in the realm of the otherwise well known and established music instrument.
Motion Origami project is focused on exploring the possibilities of new layers of gestures in the music performance – in fact, you have to learn how to interact with the interface, as you learn how to play a new music instrument and gain a new virtuosity as a regular music instrument player.
This piece explores the main concept behind the original Motion Origami project – building a sonic sculptures with hand gestures during a live performance.
The piece makes use of introducing a fragile sonic elements into the guitar composition themes. Those sonic elements and further building blocks of the performed piece are built and sculpted by the actual hand movements of the player. In other words the piece is built around a play with the accented miniature textures of acoustic guitar sounds and phrases as they overlap with the direct live sound of the instrument itself.
The first iteration of the project, the Motion Origami, originated at the Academy of Preforming Arts in Prague as part of the project Sensors as musical instruments curated by music composer Michal Rataj.