Motion Origami Guitar

augmented music instrument with Leap Motion

The novelty of the Motion Origami Guitar prototype is not in addressing a particular technical solution, but rather in showcasing new performance and compositional strategies emerging in the realm of the otherwise well known and established music instrument.

The original name of the project, Motion Origami, comes from the idea of 'folding' sounds with the hand gestures into new soundscapes – in the process new original music ideas and sound sculptures emerge from simple movements, as this is true for the ancient Japanese art of paper origami.

Motion Origami project is focused on exploring the possibilities of new layers of gestures in the music performance – in fact, you have to learn how to interact with the interface, as you learn how to play a new music instrument and gain a new virtuosity as a regular music instrument player.

Le Terroire
[performance & composition]

This piece explores the main concept behind the original Motion Origami project – building a sonic sculptures with hand gestures during a live performance.

The name of the piece, Le Terroire, reflects the way the new textures and musical phrases originate. They are based on the sonic terroire, so to speak a fertile ground, which is made of the original live guitar sound and re-assembled on the fly by the means of the well know process of granular synthesis.

The piece makes use of introducing a fragile sonic elements into the guitar composition themes. Those sonic elements and further building blocks of the performed piece are built and sculpted by the actual hand movements of the player. In other words the piece is built around a play with the accented miniature textures of acoustic guitar sounds and phrases as they overlap with the direct live sound of the instrument itself.


The first iteration of the project, the Motion Origami, originated at the Academy of Preforming Arts in Prague as part of the project Sensors as musical instruments curated by music composer Michal Rataj.