Windloom is an interactive installation NIME (new interface for musical expression) project. It was inspired by my own childhood memory of my grandmother, who spent almost her whole life in the village of Hebei province of northern China. It is a re-designed combination of wind box, a bellow-like tool for starting a fire for cooking, and weaving loom, two things that I remember the most about her.
The wake-up call in the village is the sound of a rooster crow along with the wind box heavily breathing, which was grandma cooking. Late in the night, the loom singing in a rhythm, that is the sound my grandmother weaving. She passes away ten years ago, I decided to make one piece that reminds me of her.
Using the technique of physical computing and Max MSP, with different gestures of pulling wind box, touching threads, and weaving, as well as with the music composing, I tried to reveal different layers of story-telling in the performance.
Performance @ Littlefield, New York, 2017
Music by : Lu Wang @ ALL MUSIC RIGHTS RESERVED