Airpiano MIDI and OSC controller now available

Omer Yosha of Kesem Design has released the Airpiano, an innovative MIDI and OSC controller that allows the user to trigger invisible keys and faders in midair.

Airpiano

The airpiano is the first musical interface to introduce an intuitive and simple touch-free interaction. Many touch-free interfaces require users to stare at a display. The user’s hand gestures in 3D space then control elements on the screen. However, musicians and performers need to be able to play their instruments in a more free and intuitive way. The airpiano’s keys and faders are therefore not on the screen, but exactly there above the airpiano surface. The performer knows the position of each controller in the air, so no display is needed. Just like with a multitouch interface, the user triggers a virtual button exactly where it is, and the interaction becomes much more natural.

Airpiano features

  • Built from beautiful walnut wood, dark red acrylic glass and RoHS compliant components.
  • 8 infrared proximity sensors create up to 24 virtual keys and 8 virtual faders.
  • 40 LEDs provide easy orientation and visual feedback.
  • 1 momentary button allows switching between presets directly from the device.
  • ¼” connector for using an expression pedal or a foot switch.
  • Power 9Vdc.
  • USB 2.0.
  • Dimensions: 960 x 160 x 26 mm ; Weight: 2.8 kg.
  • Custom airpiano software for PC and Mac, which can send MIDI and Open Sound Control (OSC) messages to other software or hardware:
    • Create and save arrangement presets
    • Assign keys and faders with MIDI messages (OSC messages are sent automatically)
    • Assign keys with preset-load messages (allows loading presets directly from the device)
    • Set momentary button functionality
    • Set pedal / foot switch functionality (MIDI CC , Global Velocity or Preset Loader)

A limited number of Airpiano devices is now shipping for a reduced price of 1,099 EUR (EU) / 1,149 EUR (international). Prices include shipping.

More information: Airpiano

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# Circuitastrophe Symposium – Cincinnati Sept 4-8th 08. Circuit Bending, Robotics, 8-bit Music, Hacking & Electronic Design

From the anti-theory website:

From September 4 through 9, 2008, Cincinnati, the birthplace of circuit-bending, will host its first circuit-bending festival, Circuitastrophe! The dream child of Professor Mark Shafer and the noise music artist Nebulagirl, Circuitsastrophe! will presents 20+ performers and groups from around the country appearing at some of Cincinnati’s most unusual and historic venues such as Northside’s vintage Masonic Art Damage Lodge. The lineup is included at the end of this press release. Circuitsastrophe! also features workshops and talks, including a rare public appearance by Reed Ghazala on September 6, presenting “The Folk Music of Chance Electronics,” or “How to Start an Art Movement Without Really Trying.”

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Short links for July 1st, 2008

Some interesting things I found on July 1st, 2008:

# AirPiano – The AirPiano is an innovative musical interface which allows playing and controlling software instruments simply by moving hands in the air.

AirPiano
AirPiano by Omer Yosha (2007)

Above the AirPiano is a virtual matrix of keys and faders, each assigned with MIDI messages and ready to be triggered. The length of a triggered note is equivalent to the time a hand is placed on the corresponding virtual key. This is also confirmed by LED feedback.

The AirPiano is still in its prototype phase and its concept of a virtual matrix might eventually be used for other applications and purposes. Specifications: Polyphonic, MIDI protocol, Up to 24 keys / 8 faders, USB connectivity. (link via CDM)

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