Ashitaka : An Audiovisual Instrument

Moody, Niall and Fells, Nick and Bailey, Nicholas

Proceedings of the International Conference on New Interfaces for Musical Expression

This paper describes the Ashitaka audiovisual instrumentand the process used to develop it. The main idea guidingthe design of the instrument is that motion can be used toconnect audio and visuals, and the first part of the paperconsists of an exploration of this idea. The issue of mappings is raised, discussing both audio-visual mappings andthe mappings between the interface and synthesis methods.The paper concludes with a detailed look at the instrumentitself, including the interface, synthesis methods, and mappings used.