CoMA Yorkshire prepared an installation using motion-sensors (SoundBeams) to trigger samples of extended gamelan techniques. In this performance, students from the Northern School of Contemporary Dance activate the SoundBeams through live improvisation.
The installation was created by CoMA Yorkshire in collaboration with Gamelan Sekar Petak, The Northern School of Contemporary Dance and leading Soundbeam practitioner, Grainne McHale.
After CoMA had recorded their own extended techniques for gamelan, the samples were edited and processed and loaded into Soundbeam. The motion sensors react to the dancers' movements with short bursts of sound, 1-5 seconds in length. Beneath all that, the dancers can trigger longer "soundscapes", 60-90 seconds in length, by stepping on the floor pads as they move.
This improvised performace took place in York, May 2008.