Leap Motion

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If you haven’t heard of the latest motion capture device that’s been making waves in the community, let me break it to you. The Leap is an amazingly small device (literally┬ásmaller than a computer mouse) that can capture your hand’s input.

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It’s been quoted to be 200 times more powerful “accurate” than the Kinect (whatever the term “powerful” “accurate” means is referring to), and from the videos on their website, it looks to pick up a very solid 3d image of whatever you put in front of it. Not to mention that it’s RRP at only $70.

Because it’s so small and works in such a small area, it’s much different than the Kinect, which is primarily aimed at tracking your whole body’s movements, which limits it’s uses somewhat.

I’ve managed to wrangle a dev release for this little motion capture beast. I’m receiving it in the next few weeks, so expect to seem some finger-music-making experiments from me shortly!

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Demonstration at the Seattle Science Festival

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It’s been a while since I’ve last posted as I’ve had a busy time with a lot of cool stuff coming up! As a massive highlight to my year, I’ve been given the honor of being invited to the US to demonstrate my Kinect system at the Seattle Science Festival.┬áMy performance is on this coming Saturday (9th) for the Hacker’s Luminary show.

ImageI’ll be in Seattle for a week before heading home, so make sure you say hi if you’re in the area!

My next Synaecide performance @ Mister Mode fashion market (28th April 2012)

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Yo dude peeps. I’m venturing into the world of fashion and gonna be slammin some beats and bass during my live performance at an upcoming event this Saturday (28/04/12) – Mister Mode Fashion Market. This is a great event to come and check out my work if you’re not into the club thing and even better if you’re the kind of person to wear clothes. I’m on at 8pm!

Carpe Zythum – Kinect controlled pipe organ (full performance)

“Carpe Zythum”, a performance with Elise Richards (Vocals) and Chris Vik (myself controlling the organ with the Kinect) along with a pre-composed piece written by both Elise and I. It was performed in November 2011 at the Melbourne Town Hall. This is the full video of the performance. If you’d like to see a video explaining how it works see last weeks video Controlling a 4-story organ with the Kinect

I’ve created my own software Kinectar, which allows the use of the Kinect to control MIDI devices, ie. playing notes through simple gestures and motion – I hooked this up to the organ.

For more information on my gesture-based music projects, see my blog I love the Future
Video produced by Unkle Nicnac Films

Controlling a 4-story pipe organ with the Kinect

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In this video I briefly explain and demonstrate how I used the Kinect to control the massive Melbourne Town Hall Organ. It contains a short excerpt from our performance “Carpe Zythum” November 2011.

I’ve created my own software Kinectar, which allows the use of the Kinect to control MIDI devices, ie. playing notes through simple gestures and motion. The Melbourne Town Hall Organ got a referb in the late 90s adding the ability of MIDI messages to active the notes… this happened.

The company that provided the control system to allow the organ to be played via MIDI are Solid State Organ System.

Co-composition and Kinect performance and programming by Chris Vik
Co-composition, lyrics and vocals by Elise Richards

Video produced by Unkle Nicnac Films

Full performance out next week!

Dance Controlled Kinect Music (Part 1)

Since April 2011 I’ve been working solidly with the Microsoft Kinect, developing my software, Kinectar, to enable its use as a MIDI controller for performing music live. I’ve done a number of performances around Australia since I started the project, however, it’s safe to say that, although I would consider myself an electronic musician, I’m certainly no dancer. Enter, Paul…

Dancer, Paul Walker and I have joined forces to bring the Kinect controlled music concept into the world of contemporary dance. Recently we obtained a residency at PACT theatre (centre for emerging artists), where we spent the week developing different ways of implementing my Kinect music control system in a dance context.

My system is developed in Max and uses OpenNI drivers, OSCeleton and Ableton Live.

Kinectar Performance/Talk @ Transition (BeatEngines) [24/02/12] Melb, Aus

I’m doing a short Kinect electronic music set at Transitions (BeatEngines) next Friday [24/02/12] @ Royal Melbourne Hotel. I’ll be following up the set with a short talk/demonstration of my software “Kinectar”, where you’ll see the nitty-gritty of how I go about putting instruments together using the Kinect as a MIDI controller.

It’s free from 9pm until 10pm (when the psy starts), I’ll slot somewhere in that time-frame, so be sure to get there by 9pm if you want to catch my demo! There’s heaps of other stuff going on that’s definentely worth checking out, check out the facebook page for more details: http://www.facebook.com/events/213576515398677/