Moogfest is a festival about synths, but its ambitions extend beyond music. This year's festival, which takes place from May 19th to May 22nd in Durham, NC, will feature internet-themed art installations and IBM's DJ Watson, among a slew of other projects. Today, the festival has buffed up its offerings even more with the announcement of another interactive installation, this one inspired by Grimes.
Using Microsoft's Kinect technology, the installation, called Realiti: Inside the Music of Grimes, will allow festival attendees to manipulate Grimes' 2015 track "Realiti" using only their bodies. The installation will be divided into four "zones," with each zone mapped to a different part of the song. Festivalgoers will be able to walk through the installation, flailing their arms or shimmying around, and as they do, the song will change. The tent will be equipped with 22 speakers and colored lights that can follow any movement. It sounds like a mini night club, if that mini night club only played a single song on a loop.
A similar installation, which allowed users to manipulate a song by the producer Matthew Dear, was hosted by New York City's New Museum last summer.
"Realiti" comes off of Grimes's latest album Art Angels. If you can't make it to Moogfest, you can at least watch the video for the track and pretend your cool dance moves are somehow related to what's happening on screen.