Active Listening to a Virtual Orchestra Through an Expressive Gestural Interface : The Orchestra Explorer

Camurri, Antonio and Canepa, Corrado and Volpe, Gualtiero

Proceedings of the International Conference on New Interfaces for Musical Expression

In this paper, we present a new system, the Orchestra Explorer, enabling a novel paradigm for active fruition of sound and music content. The Orchestra Explorer allows users to physically navigate inside a virtual orchestra, to actively explore the music piece the orchestra is playing, to modify and mold the sound and music content in real-time through their expressive full-body movement and gesture. An implementation of the Orchestra Explorer was developed and presented in the framework of the science exhibition Cimenti di Invenzione e Armonia, held at Casa Paganini, Genova, from October 2006 to January 2007.