Interactive Therapy with Rainbow Resonance
Rainbow Resonance is an interactive installation that generates colors and musical sounds of the equivalent sound frequencies in the electromagnetic spectrum, according to the motion of the participator. The audience is encouraged to participate in a playful performance that engages the body to produce colorful images and sound resonances through simple movements. The color scheme is based on the visible light spectrum and the sound is inspired by Pythagorean mathematics.
Technology & User Experience
The Microsoft Kinect 3D motion controller is used to detect motion in space, while software interprets body movements into a mapping of color and sound. Using the Kinect camera allows for capturing and interpreting movement along the x, y and z-axes. The colorful mirror images and sound accompaniments comprise an immersive user experience that facilitates play and social interaction. The user is empowered as simple movements of the body generate harmonic intervals and sounds. Through dance, play and movement the body becomes an instrument of expression. This interactive experience benefits children and adults with special needs.
Queens Museum of Art – Autism Awareness Month
Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum – Mind’s Eye program
Partially sighted and blind adults have also enjoyed interacting with Rainbow Resonance at Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, Mind’s Eye Program, on June 4, 2012
Extreme Kids and Crew
Rainbow Resonance has been presented to autistic children at Extreme Kids and Crew, Brooklyn, a playground haven for autistic children, on February 23rd, 2012, at Queens Museum of Art, Autism Awareness Month, on April 22, 2012 and at Brooklyn Conservatory of Music, Music Therapy Program Open House, on June 28, 2012. The goal is to provide a safe and engaging environment where children can interact to reinforce and build social skills through dance, play and music.
Special children interacting with Rainbow Resonance at MS Viewpoint Ltd
On July 13, 2010 two special children, Alexandros and Zoe, were invited with their families and friends to experience Rainbow Resonance at MS Viewpoint Ltd, Nicosia. This was the first time Rainbow Resonance was presented to children with special needs. It was a thrill to discover that the children responded vividly and enjoyed the piece. I did not know until the end of the evening that Zoe was blind. This moving experience of the two children’s reaction was the start of my work in the special needs community. Below are images and a video of the evening’s event.