Transforming Ordinary Surfaces into Multi-touch Controllers

Crevoisier, Alain and Kellum, Greg

Proceedings of the International Conference on New Interfaces for Musical Expression

In this paper, we describe a set of hardware and software tools for creating musical controllers with any flat surface or simple object, such as tables, walls, metallic plates, wood boards, etc. The system makes possible to transform such physical objects and surfaces into virtual control interfaces, by using computer vision technologies to track the interaction made by the musician, either with the hands, mallets or sticks. These new musical interfaces, freely reconfigurable, can be used to control standard sound modules or effect processors, by defining zones on their surface and assigning them musical commands, such as the triggering of notes or the modulation of parameters.