Pretty amazing. Must have been a challenge to connect all those odd bits of technology. Congrats for pulling it off.
Not too much of a challenge in that Praxis LIVE was designed for connecting all these odd bits of technology together (mind you, writing that has been a challenge at times!
Did you have any trouble with vandalism?
No, but it was well staffed when on site. Also, I think it managed to appeal to those who might otherwise have wanted to cause trouble.
Do you think people enjoyed it because it's similar to the console dance games?
Possibly. It's not something anyone specifically mentioned, and the age range of people having a go (2~72) might belie that. Our interest is in creating things that are quite playful, intuitive and open-ended - there's no right or wrong way to play, which is different to the console games I've seen at least.
Were people shy to try it?
Not for long! Lots of people said there's no way they'd be up for it, and most were lining up to have a go after 10 min.
How does the music work?
Currently the project has five different 'scenes', though it's something we intend to expand on. Three of the scenes don't have interactive sound, only visuals, and use a variety of sample loops (mostly taken from old tracks of mine) and sequenced somewhat randomly / generatively.
There are two scenes with interactive sound. The record scratching one tracks the horizontal position of the dancer and maps it to the speed and direction of the sample (actually position is mapped to acceleration in speed, which feels more natural). The other scene, which I'm less happy with currently, is in the video between the logos at the end. Each dancer has four 'strings' which trigger different guitar samples, and can pluck them from moving back and forth.
That answer your question? This video shows some of the audio stuff in Praxis LIVE, but rather than binding a GUI to parameters, we're taking movement signals from the video pipelines. NB. This is an oldish video now, some of the editing stuff has been improved recently.http://www.youtube.com/v/khrOtNN7tN8?version=3&hl=en_US&start=