Conducting Demystified

Posted to Infographics  |  Tags: , ,  |  Nathan Yau

The New York Times, in collaboration with the New York University Movement Lab, explains music conducting in this beautifully produced video. It’s part interview with Alan Gilbert, music director of the New York Philharmonic, and part rendering of motion capture data, which represents Gilbert’s conducting.

To capture the data, the Movement Lab installed high-speed motion capture cameras, and Gilbert put on one of those funny-looking suits with the sensor balls on them. He conducted, and they recorded his body and his hands.

Fantasia will probably come to mind as you watch, specifically towards the end when only conducting trails and sensor spots are left to dance on the screen.

1 Comment

  • Jonathon Mah April 6, 2012 at 11:25 pm

    It doesn’t look like he was wearing a motion capture suit; it looked like they were doing the tracking straight from video (possibly with some cameras recording infrared or similar).

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