Programmer uses the gesture-based technology to hack an instrument for motion-based control.

Australian programmer Chris Vik has hacked a classical pipe organ to respond to hand gestures using the latest Microsoft Kinect technology. The large four-story instrument can be found in Melbourne Town Hall and was refurbished in the late 1990s with the ability of using MIDI messages to active the notes. Vik’s software Kinectar allows the motion sensing gadget to control MIDI devices, such as the organ pipe.

Vik co-composed and programmed the performance Carpe Zythum, with vocals by Elise Richards. The performance allows the composer to use various intuitive gestures to control the sound from the pipe organ. Watch the video below to hear Vik explain his software Kinectar and see a snippet of Carpe Zythum.

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