The body channels rich layers of information when playing music, from intricate manipulations of the instrument to vivid personifications of expression. But when music is captured and replayed across distance and time, the performer’s body is too often trapped behind a small screen or absent entirely.
MirrorFugue conjures the recorded performer at the piano by combining the moving keys of a player piano with life-sized projection of the pianist's hands and upper body. Inspired by reflections on a lacquered grand piano, MirrorFugue evokes the sense that the virtual pianist is playing the physically moving keys.
This video tells two stories of musical interactions across space and time mediated by MirrorFugue. One presents a great concert broadcasted across the world, where a young pianist learns from the master by playing along. The others describes a woman who plays a duet with herself from the past.
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