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. My 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!

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.

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.