[PD] [PD-announce] HID/Mapping Talk at SRI in Menlo Park, California

Hans-Christoph Steiner hans at eds.org
Mon Jul 30 05:27:27 CEST 2007


Enabling the Spirit of Play in Musical Instrument Building

Notice:  hosted by Richard Waldinger

Date:  Thursday August 02, 2007 at 16:00

Location:  EJ291 (SRI E building)  (Directions)


More and more performers are using computer-based instruments for  
live performance, using software that allows complex control and  
interaction with sound and visual media in real time. All too  
frequently, these performers tie themselves to the keyboard-mouse- 
monitor interaction model, narrowly constraining the range of  
possible gestures. A multitude of gestural input devices are readily  
available, making it easy to utilize a broader range of gestures.  
Human Interface Devices (HIDs) such as joysticks, tablets, and  
gamepads are cheap and can be good musical controllers. Some even  
provide haptic feedback. Now, the biggest hinderance for performers  
wanting to create their own instruments is the usability of the  
software. To enable the creation of computer-based instruments, we  
are developing software that allows instruments to be built in the  
same spirit of play that many people apply when learning a  
traditional musical instrument.

This work is in collaboration with Cyrille Henry, Olaf Matthes, and  
David Merrill.
Note for Visitors to SRI

Please arrive at least 10 minutes early in order to sign in and be  
escorted to the conference room. SRI is located at 333 Ravenswood  
Avenue in Menlo Park. Visitors may park in the visitors lot in front  
of Building E, and should follow the instructions by the lobby phone  
to be escorted to the meeting room. Detailed directions to SRI, as  
well as maps, are available from the Visiting AIC web page.


Using ReBirth is like trying to play an 808 with a long stick.    - 
David Zicarelli

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