Kinect as music controller

There has been a reasonable amount of development in terms of Microsoft Kinect hacks to control music recently. From simple midi control demos –

…to slightly more complex attempts at live control of prewritten music –

The video that has most caught my attention though, is this one –

It very successfully combines audio and visual performance. The visual performance and the audio seem equally important, complimenting each other. I think that it maintaining a soundscape-esque feeling gives it a lot more weight, as motion tracking controls generally have problems with precise timing – even beyond lag, the fact that there’s no tactile response to a gesture that creates sound makes it difficult to accurately trigger a sound at a specific point in time. The soundscape feel gets around this problem by remaining fairly free of rhythm.

This is definitely a route I would like to look into, though focusing more on my visual performance strengths of circus based arts.

While there is extensive information written about using the Kinect with computers (http://openkinect.org/) From what I’ve read about it so far, the technical expertise required goes well beyond the scope of anything I’d be able to accomplish in this Emerent Tech module – it could well be worth looking into as a possible project for next year, where I’ll be able to dedicate a large amount of time and effort to the task.

Thursday, March 29th, 2012 Emergent Tech, Inspiration