MusiKalscope: A graphical musical instrument

TitleMusiKalscope: A graphical musical instrument
Publication TypeConference Paper
Year of Publication1997
AuthorsFels, S., K. Nishimoto, and K. Mase
Conference NameIEEE INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE ON MULTIMEDIA COMPUTING AND SYSTEMS `97, PROCEEDINGS
Pagination55-62
ISBN Number0-8186-7819-4
Abstract

This paper introduces a new multi-media system for musical and graphical expression called MusiKalscope. Inside of MusiKalscope are two sub-systems: RhyMe and the Iamascope, connected by a third sub-system called the Graphical Musical Instrument Interface (GMII). RhyMe is a system which supports computer assisted jazz improvisation. RhyMe provides functional actuator maps for a performer in contrast to tonal actuator maps typically found in traditional instruments. The Iamascope is a computer-based kaleidoscope which allows the user to be inside a kaleidoscopic image which can be viewed in real-time for visual expression. The GMII connects the two sub-systems by providing a virtual drum set which allows the performer to play unencumbered inside the Iamascope. The functional map used to control RhyMe is also used to control aspects of the imagery in the Iamascope to provide mood to match the music played.

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