GIRD is a gesture-based interactive audio and lighting system that allows audiences to remix, explore and interact with music and lights through dancing and movement.

Developed by Tracy Redhead and Jonathan Rutherford at #MTFCentral, GIRD gives performers and producers tools to create interactive audio and musical works. The prototype consists of a glove containing IRCAM’s R-IOT sensor, a Max for Live patch controller and 5 neo-pixel LED lights.



Demoing GIRD
GIRD at #MTFBerlin


Using individually programmable LED “neo pixels” 5 individual lighting fixtures create the atmosphere for the music. Performers can gesturally control the lighting and are given interaction feedback to guide them based on the music that’s being interacted with.

GIRD allows musicians and producers to design dynamic and fluid music that can be explored using gesture and movement.





#MusicBricks is a collaboration between Stromatolite, Sigma-Orionis, Ircam-Centre Pompidou, Music Technology Group, Vienna University of Technology, and Fraunhofer IDMT

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#MusicBricks has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement 644871