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Composer and creative developer Chris Vik has used Microsoft's Kinect tools to play the pipe organ in the Melbourne Town Hall. Vik describes himself as “a sound designer/electronic music producer/Max developer” and has released music under the name Synaecide. Since 2011 he's worked with Kinect and has developed "KiNECTAR" ( …

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Oh I see, assured Sunday morning disturbances

It was bad enough they put the bells up high in the roof's so you couldn't dampen them on a sunday morning. Now there able to have a backup organ player the other side of the world you have no hope of getting drunk the night before as a ongoing ploy to assure a peacful Sunday morning.

Seriously though if they wanted to move massive organ parts with a kenetic and xbox then just stay in the spawn room shooting and you can be assured that many massive organs will be moved by your actions via kinetic. I thought there was a unwritten rule about giving church's technology, we only tossed them the radio mic bone as it was easier to block with a baby monitor.

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Kinect isn't the important bit here...

Its Max/MSP/Jitter.

A visual programming language which is fully aimed at, you guessed it, multimedia aspects. However, its still a full fledged programming environment, just "not the way you're used to". See also:

http://cycling74.com/

Being a Max developer myself I question the relevance of the Kinect part. After all; it seems the Max program is doing all the work, and with that in mind I think he could have swapped the Kinect for any kind of camera. As long as it can captures motion then this motion can relatively easy be 'translated' into midi.

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Re: Kinect isn't the important bit here...

I ended up borrowing a Kinect for a few days and got it hooked up with Pd (open source Max/MSP) via a little OSC magic in no time - there are a couple of good libraries available.

This dude sure looks impressive on stage, but it looks like this piece has been basically pre-determined, sequenced really, with the role of the gestures changing as the piece trundles on. Pushing through a few instructions via MIDI on demand, when one has already decided it's going to be, say, a block of A minor on diapason, principal and 2', is trivial.

Meh. Move along.

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Re: Kinect isn't the important bit here...

That's probably why he refers to himself as a "sound designer" rather than a "musician", although after watching a few seconds of the clip, even that title seems to suggest he is reaching above his station.

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Still April?

I love this sort of thing - a few years ago this sort of thing released 10 days ago would have been called an amusing prank. Now you could make your own version with a £100 games console peripheral and your home PC.

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I liked the singing

Pity there was some bloke wanking his organ all over it.

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Notice the length of the video?

An accident or a message in a cage?

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Re: Notice the length of the video?

Yeah! I thought I was the only one until you mentioned it.

I listened to that recording many a time and it def. sounds better on vinyl rather than CD!

;)

LMFAO (silently of course)

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Re: Notice the length of the video?

I thought | was the only one that noticed that until you mentioned it Martin.

Of course, having heard the vinyl and CD version, I think it sounded better on vinyl!

LMFAO (silently of course)

;)

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Call me a philistine

but I prefer Faboy Slim's up tempo three minute twenty-two remix

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