The Therenect is a virtual Theremin for the Kinect controller. It defines two virtual antenna points, which allow controlling the pitch and volume of a simple oscillator. The distance to these points can be controlled by freely moving the hand in three dimensions or by reshaping the hand, which allows gestures that should be quite similar to playing an actual Theremin.
In this new demo we demonstrate the improved handling of the Therenect, getting closer to a common Theremin playing style. This updated version also synthesizes the original Theremin waveform as well as alternative sine, saw and square waves. In addition to an improved pitch scaling this version introduces discrete musical scales such as the chromatic, major and pentatonic scale, which automatically tune the instrument.
Update: The Therenect is now available and provides many improved features. The source code and a Mac OS binary has been released on Google code: https://code.google.com/p/therenect/
This musical instrument has been developed by Martin Kaltenbrunner at the Interface Culture Lab at the University of Art and Industrial Design in Linz, Austria. The software has been developed using the Open Frameworks and OpenKinect libraries.