'AirStorm,' a new piece for AirSticks and Storm: gestural audio-visual for electronic percussionists

Alon Ilsar, Andrew Bluff

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'AirStorm' is a semi-improvised short 10-min piece for solo AirSticks and physical model visualisation performed by Alon Ilsar and Andrew Bluff respectively. It will be made up of a drum synth, drum samples, other selected samples and room feedback triggered and manipulated by Ilsar on this newly built interface for electronic percussionists. The piece will display some of the capabilities of the AirSticks along with Ilsar's dedication to practicing and composing for this new interface. "AirStorm" will be based around the conferences theme of "Computers, Arts and Data" through the choice and samples and ways are played. The movement data from Ilsar's Airsticks is processed in real-time by Bluff's physics based visualisation engine, Storm. Particles are pushed around a virtual 3D world in response to the movements of the AirSticks and rigid body collision adds a sense of real-world authenticity and complexity. The system responds to drums and movements of the AirSticks with a combination of different visual and physical effects. The real-time visualisations exemplify the movement and sonic complexity of Ilsar's AirSticks performance, providing a visually stimulating and highly synesthetic element to the piece.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 2015 ACM SIGCHI Conference on Creativity and Cognition
EditorsAndruid Kerne, David A. Shamma
Place of PublicationNew York NY USA
PublisherAssociation for Computing Machinery (ACM)
Number of pages2
ISBN (Electronic)9781450335980
Publication statusPublished - Jun 2015
EventACM Conference on Creativity and Cognition 2015 - Glasgow, United Kingdom
Duration: 22 Jun 201525 Jun 2015


ConferenceACM Conference on Creativity and Cognition 2015
Abbreviated titleC&C'15
CountryUnited Kingdom
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  • music computing
  • audiovisual
  • Gesture interaction
  • music performance

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