Chance Encounters

For theremin, Myo armband, and live video.

The collaborations of John Cage and Merce Cunningham explored the relationships between sound, movement, and chance. Both Cage’s “Four Statements on the Dance,” and Cunningham’s “Space, Time, and Dance,” describe the possibility of music and movement being two independent aspects of a composition, but still coming together at certain points in time. In addition, Cage ultimately believed the theremin had more artistic potential than what many utilized it for. Chance Encounters for theremin, Myo armband, and video, explores and incorporates these ideas by recontextualizing the theremin as a controller for video processing. The performer also interacts with a chance- based performance system by wearing the Myo armband, a biosensor, creating a hybrid system with the theremin.

This project was selected to be presented at the Association for Computing Machinery’s (ACM) International Conference on Tangible, Embedded, and Embodied Interactions (TEI). This conference took place at Arizona State University in Tempe, Arizona. Chance Encounters was a part of TEI’s Student Design Challenge.