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Playing digital music by waving hands in the air
Author(s): Alexei Sourin; Zhong Cai Chock
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Paper Abstract

We study how music can be played with a computer by tracking hands in the air. We begin our considerations by analyzing how the theremin can be played—an electronic musical instrument which is played without physical contact by the hands of the performer. We then look at the present hand-tracking technologies available for common personal computers and mobile devices and hypothesize that optical tracking devices, like Leap Motion controller, may be used for simulating the theremin functions with a common personal computer. We then describe our own implementation of the digital theremin and analyze why the theremin is considered as the most difficult to play musical instrument and how its deficiencies can be overcome with the help of computer graphics.

Paper Details

Date Published: 22 March 2019
PDF: 6 pages
Proc. SPIE 11049, International Workshop on Advanced Image Technology (IWAIT) 2019, 1104922 (22 March 2019); doi: 10.1117/12.2521373
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Alexei Sourin, Nanyang Technological Univ. (Singapore)
Zhong Cai Chock, Nanyang Technological Univ. (Singapore)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 11049:
International Workshop on Advanced Image Technology (IWAIT) 2019
Qian Kemao; Kazuya Hayase; Phooi Yee Lau; Wen-Nung Lie; Yung-Lyul Lee; Sanun Srisuk; Lu Yu, Editor(s)

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