MusicGrip : A Writing Instrument for Music Control

Gong, Nan-Wei and Laibowitz, Mat and Paradiso, Joseph A.

Proceedings of the International Conference on New Interfaces for Musical Expression

In this project, we have developed a real-time writing instrument for music control. The controller, MusicGrip, can capture the subtle dynamics of the user’s grip while writing or drawing and map this to musical control signals and sonic outputs. This paper discusses this conversion of the common motor motion of handwriting into an innovative form of music expression. The presented example instrument can be used to integrate the composing aspect of music with painting and writing, creating a new art form from the resultant aural and visual representation of the collaborative performing process.