Sounds from Shapes: Audiovisual Performance with Hand Silhouette Contours in The Manual Input Sessions

Levin, Golan and Lieberman, Zachary

Proceedings of the International Conference on New Interfaces for Musical Expression

We report on The Manual Input Sessions, a series of audiovisual vignettes which probe the expressive possibilities of free-form hand gestures. Performed on a hybrid projection system which combines a traditional analog overhead projector and a digital PC video projector, our vision-based software instruments generate dynamic sounds and graphics solely in response to the forms and movements of the silhouette contours of the user’s hands. Interactions and audiovisual mappings which make use of both positive (exterior) and negative (interior) contours are discussed.