This is definitely one of the most charming and whimsical piano performance I’ve ever seen.
To illustrate the profound effect music has on the entire body, not just on the ears, MIT’s Tangible Media Group created a piano experience that features both human and animal projections that appear to be playing notes as they walk and dance along the keys.
The project, Andante, was led by professor Hiroshi Ishii with the goal of providing entertaining visuals to more complicated processes, visually expressing the motion of music.
The silhouette figures become tiny musicians, playing the notes as they glide up and down the black and white keys. While the animated figures are very simplistic and plain, they have a ton of personality and expression. Even the animated ostriches seem to know they’re performing for loyal viewers.
The Tangible Media Group, “explores the Tangible Bits & Radical Atoms visions to seamlessly couple the dual world of bits and atoms by giving dynamic physical form to digital information and computation,” according to their website.
Check out Andante in the video below. Pay particular attention to the playfully cute duet between human and projection. It begins about a minute into the film.
[Via This Is Colossal]