Nick Hwang | WTFreq | Spring 2011
WTFreq is a piece for four wii-mote performers and four laptops. The piece is a followup to What the Bells, 2010. The piece uses demonstrative wii-mote moments to visually differentiate four types of sound synthesis. Automated instructions are displayed on each performers laptop display. The instructions include information on the ‘current gesture’ and the ‘upcoming gesture’. Each gesture instruction tells the performer which demonstrative ‘pose’ to use, a particular performance ‘gesture’ (like ‘create a melody’) which corresponds with the pose, and a duration for which to perform that musical performance ‘gesture’. For each instruction, a timer counts down, helping the performer know how long to perform the gesture as well as anticipate the up-coming gesture. Each ‘pose’ is a different way to hold the wii-mote and a different physical movement to ‘play’. Depending on the position of the performer (1-4), different instructions are given.