Lifeforms is the word-processor of the dance world. It allows a choreographer to experiment with dance moves and sequences using a digital mannequin who's every movement can be mapped out in 3D space.
Lifeforms has been produced by Simon Fraser University in Canada, who have kindly allowed us to use a beta version of Lifeforms 2.0 which will be available in the near future. You can download a demo version of the program from their site.
The image on the left shows the interface for controlling the dancing model in Lifeforms, click on the image to bring up a larger version.
Finished works can be exported in a variety of formats, either as still images or as Quicktime digital video movies. Wire mesh models can also be exported into a variety of graphics and 3D packages.
A key feature now available in Lifeforms 2.0 is the ability to choreograph dance sequences to audio within the computer. Sound sources can be grabbed by the computer or taken from CD and converted into a sound-only Quicktime movie. By using the time information inherent within the Quicktime format a piece can be very accurately synchronised.
The image above shows a model exported from Lifeforms, and a 3D background generated in StrataStudio Pro. The model was treated and composited with the background in Adobe Photoshop. Click the image for a closer look.
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