Seattle-based radio station KEXP reimagines live room performances with Kinect and Surface

Seattle-based radio station KEXP has partnered with Microsoft to reimagine live room performances using Kinect sensor and Surface. They recently revealed a revamped room for live performances that features a permanent, interactive light installation made up of nearly 2,000 LED balls that are organized methodically on three walls and respond to artists’ movements using Kinect sensors. KEXP video producers control each session with a Surface Pro 4 tablet.

Car Seat Headrest at KEXP – Photo by Amber Knecht for KEXP

You can check out this new installation at the KEXP’s new home in Seattle Center. These performances happen five times a week and are now open to the public through free first-come, first-served day-of tickets — another first – for 75 people in the audience.

“The Live Room lighting installation is a great example of how the Music x Technology program finds collaborations that build on something that the creative community has begun to use, like the programmable LED lights, and use Microsoft technology to put a twist on it,” Amy Sorokas, director of strategic partnerships for Microsoft Brand Studios says. “In this case, we used Kinect to make the lights react to the activity in the room in real time, making each performance unique while still building KEXP’s brand and vision to discover new music for their viewers in-person and online.”

Read more about this installation here.

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