Towards Novel Digital Musical Instruments:
New tools, new objects for gesture-based musical expression

The recent computer music technologies allow for the music and sound analysis, processing and manipulation of on both signal and symbolic levels. These treatments are most of the time performed using standard computer interfaces: keyboard/mouse or sometimes mixing board with potentiometers. Gesture and body interaction – as it occurs in acoustic instruments – with digital sound contents are still rarely used.

The goal of the Interlude project was precisely to explore novel paradigms for musical expression in combining

  • modular gesture capture systems
  • innovative interactive sound synthesis software
  • dynamic visualization systems.

The project outcomes concern artistic, pedagogical applications and musical games. Globally, this project targets a fast growing community of both professionals and general public interested in gesture-based and expressive use of numerical tools.