A little excerpt of Alistair Riddell and I messing around with a new musical instrument that I've recently built. The "instrument" is written in Extempore and uses the Oblong gesture tracking rig at QUT.
Along the top of the 3 screens is a simple 32 cell step sequencer. Each performer can load an audio file into each of the 32 cells (step). Therefore a total of two samples per cell (one from each performer). Time moves through the cells at a constant rate triggering any samples in the cell. All very simple stuff.
The fun part is that two performers control all of their actions using hand gestures - 4 unique hands. There are a total of 15 unique hand gestures for controlling various things including selecting cells for editing, searching and loading audio files, selecting playback startime and duration for each audio file, selecting multiple cells for synchronous changes, changing delay times, cutoff frequency, resonance and alike.
Each "performer" has their own screen (left and right) which "displays" the audio sample data currently loaded into the currently selected cell - yellow for left, red for right. The central screen shows consolidated information (effected by both performers), this includes values for effects changes and a combined output audio signal.
This is a recording of our first "play" with the system. As you can tell we have no idea what we're doing in this video, but we're looking forward to expanding the "instrument" and recording a concert - after some serious shedding ;)