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

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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!

Kinect vs. Melbourne Town Hall Organ show 13/11/11 (Melb, Aus)

Once again, I’ve been challenged to use my Kinect system to control a massively over-sized instrument. And they just keep getting bigger…

The Melbourne Town Hall Organ is the next on the agenda, in another opportunity through RMIT’s Fine Art Sound course. This beast has been retro-fitted to accept MIDI, just how I like it.

Come down and watch another world first of Kinect controllerism, where I use my soon to be released Kinect system (KiNECTAR) to play this organ using my hand gestures. The organ has kilometers of piping, looms 4-stories over the audience and has the power of over a thousand panthers.

The piece I’ll be performing has been co-written by myself and Elise Richards, who’s also gracing us with her angelic vocal talents. Featuring poetry and operatic wailing… the story is a Greek tragedy of my favorite topic…. BEER!!!

This performance will be recorded in full HD video and superb Ambisonic audio and will be on YouTube for those that miss out. Stay tuned.

EB Games Expo Kinect Performance

This is a video someone’s posted on youtube of one of my performances at the EB Games Expo in the Gold Coast over the weekend. I had a ton of fun playing in front of the 15,000 or so fellow nerds over the weekend and checked out all the latest games! Skyrim looks amazing!

Check it!

Live Looping with Ableton and Xbox Kinect

A live performance I did on June 1st @ Microsoft’s REMIX11 conference using my custom Kinect/Ableton/Max setup. I’ve moved on from just controlling a bassline, and now have it setup to a whole assortment of virtual instruments and loop them live to create entire tracks.

Music setup:
– Ableton Live
– NI Massive
– Max/MSP (making useful MIDI data out of the hand coordinates from OSCeleton)
– Behringer FCB1010 (controlling Ableton, ie. looping, switching the Kinect’s instrument etc)

Kinect setup:
OpenNI, PrimeSense’s NITE, OSCeleton

My Dubstep Kinect demo @ REMIX Conference (Sydney 2011)

I’m currently developing a tool using Max to convert the the hand co-ordinates from the Xbox Kinect (via OSCeleton) into meaningful MIDI data for use within a musical application.Next Wednesday (1/6/11) I’m flying up to Sydney to be a part of  the REMIX11 conference, dedicated to all things tech and web. I’ll be doing a short performance on the Wednesday evening, and Thursday I’ll be on the floor demoing my setup in a booth.

If you haven’t seen my videos using a hacked Kinect to control musical functions via MIDI you can do so here. If by chance you’re reading this and heading down there, make sure to come and say hi. Otherwise, I’ll have more Kinect news/videos up soon.