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HyperSense Complex


Sensor Hand - Somaya

HyperSense Complex is an ensemble of performers (Dr. Alistair Riddell, Somaya Langley and Simon Burton) utilising custom-built sensor and micro-controller technology in a networked performance environment. The technology has been developed to be wearable, providing a more intuitive human computer interface. This in turn offers an alternative approach to the experience of live electronic music performance, for both performers and audience. In a performance context, the audience experiences movement of the performer's hands and bodies as controlling sonic environment.

Each performer wears eight flex-sensors strapped to the fingers. Movement of the sensors on the fingers is detected and generates signal, which is sent via cabling running along the arms to the micro-controllers. The micro-controllers convert signal to data using ADC. This is passed over extended USB connections to a Macintosh G4 PowerBook running Python scripting. The Python code interprets each of the performer data streams and interpolates the data into a composition framework and the output is sent via OSC to a second laptop running SuperCollider3. The second laptop handles control of audio samples, live audio signal input and effects.

sensor hands - Somaya photo: Loui Seselja arm wires - Somaya photo: Vicky Clare (2003 Electrofringe Co-Director) sensor finger - Somaya photo: Christian Malejka

This particular technical configuration creates a unique and expansive performance relationship between the individuals of the ensemble, as they each have the capability to control aspects of each other's sound. Complex mappings of the sensor data allow for this truly networked performance occur. For more information see:

Quantacrib - HyperSense Complex

Performances & Exhibitions

re:Skin Wearables Exhibition

HyperSense Complex jacket and sensors were exhibited at the re:Skin workshop, Canberra School of Art Foyer Gallery, January 2007.

Vis(i)onic - HyperSense Complex

Melbourne Poetry Festival 2004

Performed in collaboration with performance poet Klare Lanson at the 2004 Poetry Festival, Loop Bar, Melbourne, Sunday 22nd August 2004.

Mistakes We Make - Loop Flyer

International Conference on Auditory Display 2004

Performed at the International Conference on Auditory Display (ICAD) cocktail party, Sydney, July 2004.


Performed at Vis(i)onic, a one-night festival of live improvised electronic sound and visuals. ANU Arts Centre, ANU, Canberra, Thursday 1st April 2004.

Vis(i)onic - HyperSense Complex photo: Maria-Eleni Alesandre

Future Passage - Skylounge 2004

Enter the tunnel to discover a rarely seen dimension of digital performance. HyperSense Complex attaches sensors to the body to create unique sonic works. HyperSense Complex in collaboration with VJ's and video artists transform the space, taking you into the digital future. SkyLoungers will be enthralled by this captivating and unusual presentation of live sound and video performance. National Museum of Australia, Canberra, 6th, 13th, 21st, 27th February 2004.

Skylounge (Green) - Somaya photo: george serras Skylounge (Green) - Somaya photo: george serras

Skylounge (Red) - Somaya red (video still)

HyperSense Complex (Somaya Langley, Alistair Riddell, Simon Burton) performing with visuals by: Scott Morrison, Paul Mosig, Andrew Chartres and Andrew Uttley. For more information see:


Performed at Gl;tch, Candy's Apartment (hosted by Alon Ilsar and Gauche), Sydney, November 2003.

Electrofringe 2003

HyperSense Complex with Scott Morrison (visuals) performance and discussion on alternate interfaces and wearable technology in relation to electronic music performance. Held at SPA[v]CE, Electrofringe Festival, Newcastle, Saturday 4th October 2003. For more information see:

Electrofringe 2003 - Somaya

Electrofringe 2003 - Somaya photo: Vicky Clare (2003 Electrofringe Co-Director)


Performed at the Quantacrib at Electrofringe, Newcastle, 3rd October 2003.

Quantacrib -  Somaya


Performed at Beatdown, Meiso Bar, Canberra, 14th August 2003.

Beatdown at Meiso - HyperSense Complex

ABC Classic FM - New Music Australia

Performed live on ABC Classic FM's New Music Australia radio program hosted by Julian Day, Canberra, 13th August 2003.

ABC Classic FM, New Music Australia - HyperSense Complex


Performed at eXXentricity, a one-night festival of electronic music and a Community Radio 2XX FM fundraiser, Canberra, 31st May 2003.

eXXentricity - HyperSense Complex photo: Glen Martin

Bimbimbie 2003

Performed at Bimbimbie along with Australysis and Mitchell Whitelaw, Canberra, 16th April 2003.

Bimbimbie - HyperSense Complex photo: Maria-Eleni Alesandre

AudioVisual Documentation

  • Red - Skylounge, National Museum of Australia 2004 [quicktime mp4 video]
  • Green - Skylounge, National Museum of Australia 2004 [quicktime mp4 video]
  • Blue - Skylounge, National Museum of Australia 2004 [quicktime mp4 video]
  • Pink - Skylounge, National Museum of Australia 2004 [quicktime mp4 video]
  • Glitch - International Conference on Auditory Display, 2004 [mp3 audio]
  • Drumming Tree - eXXentricity, 2003 [mp3 audio]
  • Piano Meditation - eXXentricity, 2003 [mp3 audio]
  • Japan Trains - eXXentricity, 2003 [mp3 audio]


  • Riddell, A., "An Interactive Ensemble" In Proceedings for the Australian Computer Music Conference (ACMC), Brisbane, Australia, Australasian Computer Music Association, 2005

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