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Gesture Control of Sound Synthesis: Analysis and Classification of Percussion Gestures


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In recent years, the control of virtual instruments or sound-synthesis processes by natural gestures has become an important research field, both for building new audio-visual tools and for exploring gesture-sound relationships. Such multimodal and interactive tools typically present two advantages, on the one hand they provide realistic virtual instruments whose response can be compared to existing musical instruments, and on the other hand they give the possibility to vary characteristics of natural gestures, while ensuring a certain coherence between gesture and sound parameters.

In this paper, we present and evaluate a new framework for explicitly expressing the characteristics of natural percussion gestures used for modeling, controlling and finally synthesizing new percussion gestures. A preliminary analysis of pre-recorded gestures leads to the identification and evaluation of significant parameters using a classification approach. This analysis shows that a reduced-dimension representation of captured motion can be used to control a virtual character. Furthermore, the simulated gestures provide dynamical variables that can be used to control sound synthesis through a mapping-interaction process.
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Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: July 1, 2010

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  • Acta Acustica united with Acustica, published together with the European Acoustics Association (EAA), is an international, peer-reviewed journal on acoustics. It publishes original articles on all subjects in the field of acoustics, such as general linear acoustics, nonlinear acoustics, macrosonics, flow acoustics, atmospheric sound, underwater sound, ultrasonics, physical acoustics, structural acoustics, noise control, active control, environmental noise, building acoustics, room acoustics, acoustic materials, acoustic signal processing, computational and numerical acoustics, hearing, audiology and psychoacoustics, speech, musical acoustics, electroacoustics, auditory quality of systems. It reports on original scientific research in acoustics and on engineering applications. The journal considers scientific papers, technical and applied papers, book reviews, short communications, doctoral thesis abstracts, etc. In irregular intervals also special issues and review articles are published.
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