Oct 25, 2009

Interactive multi-touch for sound design, dj-ing, and music creation

NUI-Group member Christian Bannister, a musician, designer, and developer behind Subcycle Labs has been experimenting with music and multi-touch technology and interactions. Here's a demonstration of what he's come up with so far:

multi-touch the storm - interactive sound visuals - subcycle labs from christian bannister on Vimeo.
"The big picture goal of this project is to bridge the gap between sound visualization and musical instrument. With multi-touch interaction it is possible to manipulate multiple characteristics of a sound—directly and visually. Right now a lot of electronic music involves staring at the back of the performers laptop. This is a shame because in many cases a lot of really interesting things are happening on the computer that the audience is completely unaware of. This project hopes to create a common visual language and experience for the electronic musician and the audience by enhancing the perception of sound and music on both sides...These sketches are built with Processing and Max/MSP networked with OSC on a single computer..." -Christian Bannister

JazzMutant Lemur
The multi-touch tech company now known as Stantum evolved from JazzMutant, Jazzmutant was founded in 2002 by Guilluame Largillier and Pascal Joguet, and joined by Julien Olivier in 2003. The original focus was to create a multi-touch controller for music applications, and the Lemur was born. It is now in version 2, with features such as a gesture object that provides three ways for people to interact with sound, extended scripting abilities, and remote control of your computer's mouse cursor or keyboard.  Stantum recently developed a next-gen multi-touch screen system for use in mobile devices such as smart phones and netbooks.  (I'll discuss this further in a future post.)

Mapping Ableton Live to Jazz Mutant's multi-touch Lemur for sound design:

Additional tutorials can be found the Jazzmutant YouTube channel.

Ableton Live, the software used in the above video, will include Max. Max/MSP is now known as MAX 5:
"In use for over twenty years by performers, composers, artists, scientists, teachers, and students, Max is the way to make your computer do things that reflect your individual ideas and dreams. Version 5 is a dramatic transformation of Max that begins a new chapter in the program's history."

Video:  Max for Live
Max is a product of cycling74
Cycling74 created the Make Controller Kit, which includes fully programmable controllers. The kit is networked based. It is capable of working with actuators and can read sensor information into Max.
Jamoma, a platform for interactive art-based research and performance. Jamoma is the prototyping environment for SpatDIF, the Spatial Sound Description Interchange Format, and GDIF, the Gesture Description Interchange Format.
GDIF: Gesture Description Interchange Format, a tool for music related movements, actions, and gestures 
Stantum's Mobile Phone Multi-touch Interface:  Demonstration of precise interactions on a resistive touch screen

How the Stantum's Resistive Multi-Touch Screen Works

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