The visSynth is a synthesizer which is remotely controlled by physical movement. Inspired by Leo Termen’s Theremin, it allows the user to adjust the tone of the sound, plus handle two filters: cutoff and decay.
The first stage of this project ended successfully: the development started in 2007, it was tested and evaluated, and the results were published in 2009 (IMCSIT09, see below). The second stage has just begun: various versions are going to be developed, using various video-image processing techniques and the results are going to be compared.
visSynth is a project by Evangelos Kapros and Konstantinos Raptis.
A screenshot taken during development:
A video taken during development:
Relevant installation and publications:
An Audiovisual Virtual Interface
E. Kapros, K. Raptis, Proceedings of the International Multiconference on Computer Science and Information Technology 2009, October 12–14, 2009. Mragowo, Poland. [pdf]
Physical and Remote Control of Audial Parametres via Video
E. Kapros, K. Raptis, Degree Thesis, Department of Information and Communication Systems Engineering, University of the Aegean, 2007 (in greek; contains abstract in english) [pdf]
- Download the .jar applet [jar]
- Download the instructions manual in english [pdf]
- Download the demonstration video [avi]
A Video-Controlled Synthesizer
E. Kapros, K. Raptis, Installation, Mathemartics Conference, Samos, April 2007