Smartphone-based Music Conducting

Lim, Yang Kyu and Yeo, Woon Seung

Proceedings of the International Conference on New Interfaces for Musical Expression

Smartphone-based music conducting is a convenient and effective approach to conducting practice that aims to overcome the practical limitations of traditional conducting practice and provide enhanced user experience compared to those of previous virtual conducting examples. This work introduces the v-Maestro, a smartphone application for music conducting. Powered by the Gyroscope of the device, the v-Maestro analyzes conducting motions that allows the user to not only control the tempo but also simulate “cueing” for different instruments. Results from user tests show that, in spite of certain ergonomic problems, new conducting practice with the v-Maestro is more satisfactory than traditional methods and has a strong potential as a conducting practice tool.