Monthly Archives: October 2013

Save A Horse

Every student in the IMPART program gives at least one presentation dealing with their current work or their speciality, such as last week with Samantha Ballard’s presentation on lever harps, their tuning, and composing for them. This week Diana Brownie … Continue reading

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Lever Harp Prezi

Last Wednesday I gave a presentation on how lever harps work and how to write for them. The Prezi I used can be viewed at this link:  http://prezi.com/jg_9cqwx9jmc/?utm_campaign=share&utm_medium=copy&rc=ex0share

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Great minds think alike

Kiran Bhumber, Naithan Bossé, Ethan Lustig, and Johnty Wang working the problem

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Setting up the Kinect with Windows/ni-mate; driver issues

Last night, Ethan, Naithan and I managed to get the Xbox Kinect working with Ethan’s Windows machine that was having problems. The main issue turned out to be the drivers, and the most important thing we learnt was this: Do … Continue reading

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3D Printed Kinect Stand, attempt #1

Here’s the first attempt at printing out a tripod stand for the kinect. The red prints failed halfway through due to filament feed issues. The black filament worked a bit better. This design has some minor problems – one of … Continue reading

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More options for Kinect-based motion tracking

Here is an interesting article pointing to another option for Mac OS, called KinectA: http://createdigitalmotion.com/2013/09/some-easy-ways-to-get-kinect-controlling-music-visuals-on-mac-and-windows/ http://kinecta.mihoo.de/ KinectA is cross-platform, but with less options for Mac than Windows, it may be worth a look. Other cross-platform options include OSCeleton: https://github.com/Sensebloom/OSCeleton (depends … Continue reading

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Harp and motion control of samples/processing (Excerpt)

Fidelia Lam gives Samantha Ballard control over sample playback and realtime processing. The Kinect tracks from behind the harpist to avoid having the harp misregistered as a limb, or even as the head!

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Violin with motion tracking for sample control, processing (Excerpt)

Pieteke MacMahon gives Conor Stuart control over processing and sample playback by tracking his body motion and bowing arm.

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Harp tracking with reverse buffer playback (Excerpt)

In Stuart Brookes’ piece Samantha Ballard triggers the playback of buffered realtime recordings. Each sweep of her arm starts the playback, but the buffer is read backwards, creating a constant arch form of sound.

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Piano tracking

Angelique Po performs Naithan Bosse’s  work for piano with motion tracking — as mentioned in her blog below, the only time she actually plays the piano is on the last note of the piece.

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