Gestural motion control for musicians has gone from being ‘Minority Report’ fantasy to being an inexpensive reality in the last year.
The combination of the Leap Motion (about $80) and Geert Bevin’s Geco MIDI (about $10) creates a powerful gestural control system. But does gestural control, which looks cool in sci fi, deliver as a practical tool? Continue reading
This video captures a tech overview by Geert Bevin of how the Leap Motion controller works and how it can be applied to music.
The discussion is from GeekOut 2013, so the emphasis is on the technology, rather than performance. Bevin notes:
I also demonstrate my Geco MIDI gesture controller application for Leap and a real stage with proper lighting. Personally I was surprised at how well it worked in that environment, even though the Leap was running in ‘robustness’ mode to compensation for the bright lights.
Here is an in depth look at Geco by Bevin: Continue reading
This set of videos documents Sound Picking – a project of Jonas Barsten for his master’s thesis.
Sound Picking explores joint improvisation between musicians and dancers, using the dancer’s gestures as an input into processing the music.
Here’s a performance of Sound Picking: Continue reading
This video, via robotmakers, demonstrates using a Microsoft Kinect as a gestural controller for modular synthesizers.
Here are the technical details: Continue reading
Mudit it’s a new open source design, developed by Agustin Augustinoy & Urias Montanaro, for a hand-held music controller that lets you create and control audio using gestures.
It’s part of an explosion in experimental alternative music controllers, that’s being fed by sharing via the Internet.
Create Digital Music’s Peter Kirn - who’s long been an advocate of open systems for musicians – notes, “Knowledge on how to build dazzling new interfaces for music is spreading. And because musical performance depends on sharing knowledge and practice, that could have a transformative effect.”
Here’s a video demo of the Mudit in action:
This video, by Rastko Lazic, demonstrates using two Koma Elektronic Kommander infrared motion sensors as gestural controllers for a modular synthesizer.
The Kommander is a handheld dual infrared X-Y motion controller, designed to make ‘controlling your electronic instruments intuitive and fun’.