Nagual Dance Uses Kinect To Translate Movement Into Music

Berlin-based Nagual Sounds has developed a new gestural musical instrument, Nagual Dance, based on the Microsoft Kinect.

The system is based on two main components:

  • Control data – from sensors, cameras, files and all kinds of sources – is used to turn gestures and movement into sounds; and
  • The Soundscape -an interactive piece of music that doesn’t consist of pre-recorded musical sequences, but of musical possibilities. The music decides the behavior of the used data source.

In the example above, a Kinect camera is used by Nagual Dance to control the Soundscape ‘Firedance’.

Here’s how it works: Continue reading

Tuna Knobs Fully Funded, ‘Stretch Goals’ Announced

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Tuna DJ Gear has announced that their Kickstarter project to create Tuna Knobs – tangible knobs for touchscreen devices – is fully funded.

They have also announced ‘stretch goals’ for funding. Here’s what they have to say about the stretch goals: Continue reading

Novation Intros Launch Control XL – ‘Ultimate Controller’ For Ableton Live

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Novation today introduced Launch Control XL – a new MIDI controller that they call ‘the ultimate controller for Ableton Live’.

According to Novation, the Launch Control XL helps you focus more on your music and less on your laptop, by providing 16 buttons, 24 knobs and eight faders, all of which integrate seamlessly with Live.

Here’s their official demo video: Continue reading

Free NexusUI Turns Your Web Browser Into A Music Controller

free-open-source-javascript-music-controllerNexusUI is a free JavaScript library of audio interface components lets you turn your Web browser into a music controller.

NexusUI is not a ‘canned solution’, but is a set of components that can be used to build custom interfaces.

Because they are built with Javascript, interfaces based on NexusUI can run in a Web browser. And they can be used to integrate directly with the Web Audio API in the browser, or to transmit OSC to apps like Max, SuperCollider or Chuck. Continue reading

Tuna Knobs Now Available Via Kickstarter Project

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Tuna DJ Gear has gone live with their Kickstarter project to create tangible knobs for multi-touch music applications.

Their Tuna Knobs are control knobs that stick to any touchscreen and let you control DJ and music making apps like you would with dedicated music hardware Continue reading