The Gesturally Extended Piano

Brent, William

Proceedings of the International Conference on New Interfaces for Musical Expression

This paper introduces the Gesturally Extended Piano—an augmented instrument controller that relies on information drawn from performer motion tracking in order to control real-time audiovisual processing and synthesis. Specifically, the positions, heights, velocities, and relative distances and angles of points on the hands and forearms are followed. Technical details and installation of the tracking system are covered, as well as strategies for interpreting and mapping the resulting data in relation to synthesis parameters. Design factors surrounding mapping choices and the interrelation between mapped parameters are also considered.