Virtual Pottery: An Interactive Audio-Visual Installation

Han, Yoon Chung and Han, Byeong-jun

Proceedings of the International Conference on New Interfaces for Musical Expression

Virtual Pottery is an interactive audiovisual piece that uses hand gesture to create 3D pottery objects and sound shape. Using the OptiTrack motion capture (Rigid Body) system at TransLab in UCSB, performers can take a glove with attached trackers, move the hand in x, y, and z axis and create their own sound pieces. Performers can also manipulate their pottery pieces in real time and change arrangement on the musical score interface in order to create a continuous musical composition. In this paper we address the relationship between body, sound and 3D shapes. We also describe the origin of Virtual Pottery, its design process, discuss its aesthetic value and musical sound synthesis system, and evaluate the overall experience.