The audience operates the levers and buttons of a modified one-armed-bandit and thereby remixes the pre-recorded music-video of a beatboxer that is displayed on three large screens and by speakers above the machine.

MindBox is an intuitive audiovisual musical instrument, which aims to break barriers between players, performers and audience. The media slot machine allows for musical re-interpretation of sounds and images. It gives access to expressive parameters while at the same time preserving the character of the pre-recorded performance material. There are two choices for the audience: They can either let the instrument autonomously generate variations , or they can interact with the installation and take over the audio-visual & musical control Players can stay in a consistent and continuous flow while switching between both modes. The installation is based on on the artist's H.RP or 'Humatic Re-Performing' concept.

The intuitive interface of the vintage slot machine, the music-video style beatboxer, and the playful, tactile interaction engage the audience while playing or observing the installation.

MindBox is produced by Humatic Berlin in co-operation with TMA Hellerau and Compagnia Zappalà Danza.

Biography

Christian Graupner is a Berlin-based artist, film composer, and guest artist at ZKM Karlsruhe. His earlier works include drawings and experimental electronic music. In 2000 he and Nils Peters formed the independent artist group and production company Humatic. In his latest work, Christian explores the practices and myths around pop and contemporary music . He combines multiscreen videos and multichannel sound with mechanisms that are partly controlled by machines and partly user-controlled 'humatic' interfaces and mechanisms. His recent sculptural / media work includes gambling machines and asian mojo figures, feedback guitars and beatbox-like vocal and dance performances. In processing visual and audio material, he uses and adapts available computer programs, but also uses software coded by his project collaborators. His work has been shown and performed worldwide. http://www.humatic.de/cv/cg.html

Roberto Zappalà founded the Compagnia Zappalà Danza in 1989 to widen and deepen his own research in choreography. Since then, he has created more than 25 pieces that have been presented throughout Europe, South America and the Middle East. He is the artistic director of the Scenario Pubblico performing arts center in Catania, Sicily.

Norbert Schnell studied telecommunications and music and worked at the Graz Institut für Elektronische Musik (IEM) as a developer and projects adviser. In 1995 he joined the Real-Time Systems team at IRCAM (Institut de Recherche et Coordination Acoustique/Musique) in Paris. He is involved in international scientific and artistic projects. In 2006 he chaired the NIME (New Interfaces for Musical Expression) conference.

Nils Peters is a software artist. Starting off with music, his work has taken him to fields such as installation, theater and performance. He joined machinery art ensembles such as Dead Chickens and BBM, where he combed music and robot sequencing. With Humatic he developed a patented realtime multimedia sequencing environment. He received several grants for his projects. His musical work has been published by the Academy of Arts, Berlin.

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