MirrorFugue is an installation built upon an acoustic player piano that considers how to evoke the presence of the pianist in performances relayed across time and distance. As movements of the hands, body and expression of the face convey a great deal of expressive information in a musical performance, MirrorFugue projects the life-sized image of a virtual pianist's hands an upper body onto the piano, mimicking the reflection of a real-life pianist. The projections are synchronized with recorded movements of the player piano, which triggers an illusion that the ghostly pianist is playing the physically moving keys. MirrorFugue enhances the playback of recorded performances, creating intimate, moving, even magical experiences.
MirrorFugue could also be used as a pedagogical tool to aid the understanding of both technique and expression, especially breathing, phrasing and projecting character.
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