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Tuesday, June 5 • 2:00pm - 3:30pm
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L2OrkMote: Reimagining a Low-Cost Wearable Controller for a Live Gesture-Centric Music Performance
by Kyriakos Tsoukalas, Joseph Kubalak & Ivica Ico Bukvic

Laptop orchestras create music, although digitally produced, in a collaborative live performance, not unlike a traditional orchestra. The recent increase in interest and investment in this style of music creation has paved the way for novel methods for musicians to create and interact with music. To this end, a number of nontraditional instruments have been constructed which enable musicians to control the sound they produce beyond pitch and volume, integrating filtering, musical effects, etc. Wii Remotes (WiiMotes) have seen heavy use in maker communities, including laptop orchestras, for their robust sensor array and low cost. The placement of sensors and the form factor of the device itself are suited for video games, not necessarily live music creation. To that end, the authors present a new controller, based on the WiiMote hardware platform, designed to address usability in gesture-centric music performance. Based on the pilot-study data, the new controller offers unrestricted two-hand gesture production, smaller footprint, and lower muscle strain.

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Kyriakos Tsoukalas

Virginia Tech, NIME 2018 Workshops & Demos Co-Chair


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