Day 447 @ ITP: The Code of Music

Final project proposal

For my final project in The Code of Music, I would like to expand upon a gesture-controlled instrument that I am building by creating a new sound palette for it. For our class I would like to come up with some musical/synthesized motifs that could be manipulated with gesture. Ideally I would like to have the instrument be something that others could play with as an interactive installation, or at least a tool I could use for performance.

 early caricature of a color organ in use

early caricature of a color organ in use

The instrument itself is made of a set of acrylic tubes meant to emulate pipes. The inspiration or idea was to create a deconstructed “color organ” (see image on right) meets theremin. Lights inside the pipes are triggered based on hand gestures in the air around it along with triggering sounds mapped in a similar way, making the composition a bit unpredictable, but with time you can get the hang of it and repeat gestures, or enjoy the randomness.

I would be using a combination of Max MSP and MadMapper, controlled by a LeapMotion.

 sketch of instrument/interaction

sketch of instrument/interaction

 instrument being built in second messy prototype phase… (it does light up, but I’ll save that part for when it’s done for class!)

instrument being built in second messy prototype phase… (it does light up, but I’ll save that part for when it’s done for class!)

This is the first time I have made music with gesture (at least with hands waving in the air.) I think it could be an interesting segue from the midterm where I started to explore introducing different sounds/patterns and showing them with associated colors. In essence, this is a way to visualize the music as well, as well as to trigger/spatialize the sound in a stereo field, and allow room for more expressivity.