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’.

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Virtual Bowing With Gestures (Leap Motion + GECO)

In this video, composer Hagai Davidoff demonstrates using gestures to create ‘virtual bowing’, in order to add realism to synthesized string performances.

Davidoff uses a combination of the Leap Motion controller and GECO MIDI to expressively control virtual instruments. He previously released a video, demonstrating his approach to gestural orchestration.

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iRing Music Maker Now Available As A Free Download

iring_hands_iphone5_mmIK Multimedia has released iRing Music Maker, a ‘freemium’ gestural music app for iOS that works with the company’s $25 iRing controllers.

Here’s what they have to say about the app:

iRing Music Maker can be fully operated using the device touchscreen, but the real fun is when you use it with the iRing controllers (sold separately at your favorite electronics and music retailers), a set of two “rings” you wear on your hands that feature dot patterns that iRing Music Maker recognizes.

When you move your hands in front of the device, iRing Music Maker translates the motion into control commands that let you change groove patterns, add and control effects in real time and even play synthesizer parts inside of the groove.

When you launch iRing Music Maker, you select a “song” which is a group of music loops that sound great together. Hit play, and immediately start the groove. You get 8 different “parts” (loop slots) that you can activate, and each of the parts has 9 different loop phrases that you mix into the groove.

The app is a free download; additional songs and sounds are available via in-app purchase.  Continue reading

Mobile Synthesis & Future Forward Controllers

At Moogfest 2014, developer/musician Geert Bevin gave a discussion on Mobile Synthesis & Future Forward Controllers.

Bevin has extensive experience working with new music controllers, as both a musician and developer. He’s an early adopter of the Eigenlabs Eigenharp and is also the developer of GECO MIDI, a gestural MIDI control app for the Leap Motion. Continue reading

Imogen Heap’s Musical Gloves

Saturday Synth PornImogen Heap demos her awesome (x-IMU-based) musical gloves, on Dara O Briain’s Science Club on BBC2, Dec 31, 2012.

Heap’s concept for the gloves was that they would “take on the personality of a musical companion, not trying to do take the place of what a keyboard or computer is good for but finding and celebrating those things that the gloves do better: expressive and immediate control of sounds recording and played through gesture.”

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