From the moment she stepped on the scene with her explosive energy and experimental sound, it was pretty clear that Grimes, née Claire Boucher, was far from the typical Top 40 pop star. The mostly self-taught singer (she was introduced to music production via a brief Guitar Band tutorial by Devon Welsh of Majical Cloudz) has been in complete control over her music, producing it herself and seeing her creative vision through from pre-production to conceptualizing music videos to marketing. It’s that raw, pure intensity that makes for her close connection with her fans. Now, a new installation is strengthening that connection by allowing listeners to interact directly with her music.
Realiti - Inside the Music of Grimes opens on May 19 at Moogfest, the annual music, art, and technology festival inspired by the inventor of the Moog synthesizer, Robert Moog, and held in Durham, North Carolina. Using Microsoft’s Kinect technology, the installation takes Grimes’ “Realiti” track and allows festivalgoers to manipulate its sounds and undertones by interacting with the environment. The programming was previously used in DELQA, an installation about artist and producer Matthew Dear’s music at the New Museum.
The installation will remain until the festival ends on May 22.