The Motion Project – Motion / Audio Interaction

I came across this video a few weeks ago and thought it worthy of a mention, stimulating to view and thought I would share it on our blog.

The Motion Project was a collaboration between a lot of clever creative people working together to create a machine that turns motion into music. This is something I touched upon a few years ago at Derooted Labs using different motion sensing open source techniques which proved to be quite effective. This was of course pre-microsoft 360 kinect days when all we had to work with was Processing patches and software such as junxion which is a Mac OSX data routing application that can process ‘sensors’ from any HID (joysticks, mice, touchscreens), MIDI, OSC, Audio, Arduino and Video device using conditional processing and remapping, with MIDI or OSC events as its output. This resulting MIDI or OSC data is then available to any audio or music software that runs on that Mac or can be send to external MIDI/OSC devices.

Microsoft claims Kinect left open by design (with bonus hacked vids)

The Kinect’s open-source PC drivers allow coders to have their way with the hardware, and we’ve already begun to see interesting things coming from the community. On NPR last Friday, a company spokesman said that wasn’t an accident: Microsoft left the USB connection open by design.That could be a retcon—or it could be the truth—but it’s nice to hear Microsoft be so welcoming of third-party drivers on the hardware, especially since the announcement was made in such a public forum. And we already have a real-time lightsaber demo… and that’s pretty much wicked.