Ideas at the intersection of music and technology
Discover forward-thinking artists who are using Microsoft technology to transform the way we create and experience music.
Music x Technology: Alison Wonderland
DJ and producer Alison Wonderland needed a compact performance kit to power fantastical, next-level visuals on her worldwide tour. The solution: a Surface-powered kit that she and her VJ can control onstage.
Childish Gambino immerses his fans in a virtual universe
With a bold vision to create a new world for his latest release, Awaken, My Love!, Childish Gambino blends the physical and digital, as well as the real and imaginary, in PHAROS.
Music x Technology: M83 - Meet Me at Go!
Electro-pop artist M83 reimagined a song from his latest album, "Junk." The collaboration is an 8-bit remix of 'Go!,' inspired by frontman Anthony Gonzalez’s love of retro video games. In order to explore new frontiers in interactive art and music, Microsoft engaged a team of up-and-coming developers to build a web experience inspired by the remixed track.
Music x Technology: Broods
New Zealand band Broods released a tech-driven music video for their latest single, “Heartlines”, using the Microsoft Band. The fitness tracker measured lead-singer Georgia Nott’s heart rate as she performed in the video, translating her biodata and energy into a stunning geometric display.
Music x Technology: The Live Room at KEXP
Together, KEXP and Microsoft gave an exciting, interactive update to KEXP's Live Room with a fresh lighting installation, powered by Kinect. A network of over 2,000 LED globes transforms in response to Kinect data collected from the performers’ movements.
Inside the Music of Neon Indian
The boogying apparitions that came to life behind Neon Indian were generated in real time, based on the band’s movement data as picked up by the Kinect — and with distinctive designs to match the style of each track.
Music x Technology: Interactive Artist Portraits at KEXP
Interactive Artist Portraits was a presentation of artist and Satellite Lab founder Carlo Van de Roer’s interactive images. Commissioned by Microsoft, each portrait celebrates a forward-thinking artist who has created innovative work using Microsoft technology.
Music x Technology: Interactive Artist Portraits
Artist Carlo Van de Roer can make time stand still. Using a high-speed cinema camera to freeze a moment of time, Satellite Lab created technology that lets you interact directly with the light sources within that frozen image.