as·phyx·i·am: Collaboration of 3D, Music, and Choreography Merging Technology and Emotion

as·phyx·i·am was created by Maria Takeuchi with Frederico Phillips and performed by Shiho Tanaka. Maria Takeuchi, is a multidisciplinary music/composer from Japan that enjoys collaborating with other artists to bring ideas to life and Frederico Phillips, is a 3D artist from Portugal working mainly in the advertising industry as a design/art director.” -Maria and Frederico

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“The performance is centered in an eloquent choreography that stresses the desire to be expressive without bounds.”

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“Motion data was captured using inexpensive sensors and that data paved the way through an extensive number of steps.  Once all the scanned point cloud data was combined, that was then used as the base for the creative development on the piece. A series of iterative studies on styles followed and several techniques and dynamic simulations were then applied using a number of 3D tools for various results. An environment was also built to integrate the character and allow for a more visually photo-real representation of the scenes.”

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“It took us about 5/6 weeks to complete the bulk of the work and longest part was actually waiting for the rendered sequences (over 5000 frames) as we only had 5 computers rendering the whole project (producing several image sequences). There were many challenges as most of the tasks were new to us, such as finding suitable ways to combine and clean the data captured, producing a sound track that could help drive the visuals and coming up with a look that connected well with the concept or selecting approximately 3 minutes of performance down from the original 30 minutes we captured.”

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