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Motion Technology Leads to Creation of HumanElectro

November 11th, 2013


Humanelectro is a new act that places sensors on beatboxer Ryo Fujimoto’s face, arms, and hands and creates an auditory experience based on his movements.
Similar to Imogen Heap’s “The Gloves,” a motion-based technology that uses hand and finger movements to control music software like Ableton, Humanelectro uses Leapmotion technology to create live compositions through motion. The sensors attached to Fujimoto track his heart rate, muscle movement, and finger positions and combine with his intense beatboxing skills, taking expressive art to a whole new level.

Humanelectro + “∑(SIGMA)” from Ryo Fujimoto on Vimeo.


The Sigma Project takes Humanelectro one step further by incorporating graphics in real time based on the same sensors that develop Ryo’s Humanelectro accompaniment. “Our generation, we grew up listening to electronic music and we were raised on video games,” says Eddie Lee, Interactive Visual System Designer and Programmer at Funktronic Labs. “We are so immersed in technology that I feel that it is  only natural that we express ourselves with technology.”



Funktronic has teamed up with Leapmotion, a company that specializes in controlling computerized systems through natural movement (rather than a mouse, stylus, or keyboard), to create the Sigma Project alongside brothers Takuma and Tsubasa Nakata as well as Fujimoto. The live event took place in Tokyo and is just the first of many chapters for this stunning technology.
The possibilities for this kind of technology are extensive; who knows – maybe Humanelectro will even expand beyond Fujimoto, eventually incorporating artists with different talents. Humanelectro has the potential to include live instruments and even movement and dance specifically crafted for the sake of the Sigma Project’s unique audiovisual compositions.



Written by contributor Sarah Ribeiro.

With a love of dance music stemming from countless years of dance lessons and bass-thumping car rides with her music-obsessed father, Sarah Ribeiro is a Hartford-raised music addict who moved to Boston in the pursuit of a supportive and open nightlife scene. A passion for learning and a willingness to grow has pulled her out of her trancehead sphere and exposed her to a crazy variety of music and introduced her to some of the most amazing people (and events) Boston has to offer. A writer and social mediac, her main interests are music, literature, technology, art, and her first love: the city of Boston.

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