Alexander Chen is turning into Google’s resident composer. In his latest experiment, he uses the controversial-but-buzzed-about Google Glass wearable tech as a video source for making music. Layering together a series of loops of his solo viola playing, he weaves a contemplative, modal composition. It’s a sort of overdubbed chamber ensemble in video. (The spare, parallel writing is to me reminiscent of a Copland string quartet.)

There’s nothing here that couldn’t be done with a head-mounted camera, but perhaps that’s the lesson. In our camera sensor-filled lives, a big part of the design statement Glass makes is the vision of a point-of-view video, seeing the world digitally as if through our own eyes. And there’s something a bit intimate about seeing the instrument, as his kid wanders around the room.

Thanks, Alex.


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  • Oliver Chesler

    I want Glass mostly for the 1st person view recording… can’t wait.

  • Baroquen

    Wonder if this would work with your instrument:
    Its a trip through a canyon patterned after Native American blankets where turquoise colored
    water streams below in sync the music in addition to the canyon and mountain walls
    alongside that depict the symmetry of the instrumental parts…