A new audio-visual gestural instrument for unlocking creativity

Alon Ilsar, Matthew Hughes

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The AirSticks are an audio-visual gestural instrument de- signed to inspire the improvisation and performance of real- time explorative electronic music through subtle and not-so- subtle physical movement. The instrument has been used professionally across the world. In doing so the designers have created hundreds of mappings of movement to sound, along with a real-time visualisation system that uses the same movement data from handheld motion controllers to unify the sound, graphics and movement. The instrument has shown to have a broad appeal beyond professional practice, which has led to hands-on demos with children through to older people. We invite visitors, for the first time, to play not only with the AirSticks, but also with the latest iteration of our audio-visual system, to inspire new collaborations in the field of computer-human interaction. We argue that we need more new tools to unlock people's creativity through moving, listening and music making.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationCHI‘20
Subtitle of host publicationExtended Abstracts of the 2020 CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems
EditorsJoanna McGrenere, Andy Cockburn
Place of PublicationNew York NY USA
PublisherAssociation for Computing Machinery (ACM)
Number of pages4
ISBN (Electronic)9781450368193
Publication statusPublished - 2020
EventInternational Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems 2020 - Honolulu , United States of America
Duration: 25 Apr 202030 Apr 2020
Conference number: 38th
https://chi2020.acm.org (Website)
https://dl.acm.org/doi/proceedings/10.1145/3313831 (Proceedings)

Publication series

NameConference on Human Factors in Computing Systems - Proceedings


ConferenceInternational Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems 2020
Abbreviated titleCHI 2020
Country/TerritoryUnited States of America
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  • Music Instruments
  • audiovisual
  • Gestural control

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