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!

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Kinect Controlled Granular Scratching

Another demo of some recent mappings I’ve come up with for the Kinect. So far it’s been the most complicated setup to learn, but it’s certainly been the funnest. It’s using 8 parameters from my hands; 6 positions, and 2 speed values. Any sample works in this, however this sample was great because of the bass in the guy’s voice, which helped me get some nice bassline-sounding modulations out of 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

Dubstep Bassline using Xbox Kinect

Just a quick demonstration of some dubstep wobble madness manipulated live using the Xbox Kinect.

I’m using a MASSIVE patch I made controlling pitch (which is locked to a 3 note scale for ease of use), filter cutoff, resonance, LFO depth, LFO speed, as well as reverb. There’s are mapped to the X Y and Z co-ordinates of my hands.

Here’s the setup…

– OpenNI http://openkinect.org/wiki/Main_Page
– PrimeSense’s NITE Middleware http://www.primesense.com/?p=515
– OSCeleton https://github.com/Sensebloom/OSCeleton
– Max/MSP to recieve the OSC data and convert it into MIDI (cheers for the help josh)
– Ableton Live running NI MASSIVE and a simple drum loop

Running on Windows 7