Pump up your blood is a new generative multimedia performance artwork highlighting the interconnection between blood pressure and the five “Korotkoff sounds”, discovered by Russian physician Nikolai Korotkoff (1905). Using a digital stethoscope, blood pressure readings and heart beat sounds are recorded live on stage, sampled, and processed. This “pulse” forms a percussive rhythm guiding composition and improvised performance on electric cello, piano and electronics. Pulsating projections imaging the heart are synchronised with the live heartbeat, thus creating an immersive and interactive audio-visual experience.

This experimental work was developed during the first artist in residency program at Science Gallery Melbourne in collaboration with Microsoft Social NUI.

Collaborators: Martin Reinoso and Jie Wen