The Expressionist: A Gestural Mapping Instrument for Voice and Multimedia Enrichment

By J.Cecilia Wu.

Published by The International Journal of New Media, Technology and the Arts

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This paper presents the Expressionist, a three-dimensional human interface designed to enhance human vocal expression through interactive electronic voice filtering. The system is composed of a two-handed magnetic motion sensing controller and a computer program that processes the recorded voice of the operator based on the performer’s body motion. This system is designed for electroacoustic vocal performers who are interested in multimedia live performances and wish to explore the possibilities of using body movement to enrich musical expression.

Keywords: Gesture Mapping, Musical Body Motion, Human-Computer Interaction, Virtual-Reality, Real-Time Voice Filtering, ChucK, CHAI3D

The International Journal of New Media, Technology and the Arts, Volume 10, Issue 1, March 2015, pp.11-19. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 949.250KB).

J.Cecilia Wu

PhD Student, Department of Media Arts and Technology, University of California, Santa Barbara, California, USA