How cool is Kinectar? A rhetorical question mind you, but seriously you guys...seriously. Musician/Programmer Chris Vik has added another label to his name, that of conductor. In his latest video, Chris uses his Kinectar software to patch into the Melbourne Town Hall Organ. Since the organ received an overhaul in the 90's, it's now able to produce MIDI notes which open the appropriate pipe valve, perfect for Kinectar integration.
This is a must have for all you future loving Kinect-o-phile music fans out there. Amulet Voice Kinect allows you to control your entire music catalogue by using Microsoft's Speech ZiraPro library along with a Kinect sensor.
If you're fortunate enough to be running a Windows 7 machine along with a decent sized library of music, this application will definitely be the centre piece at your next get together. It's free to download and needs just a few requirements to be met in order to get things up and running.
The Pulse project was designed to engage audiences by combining musical accompaniment that directly translates motion being captured by the Kinect sensor. The entire application was developed in house and required the development of their own language (Pulse SL) in order to achieve a clean, small footprint that sends notes or controller events to music software such as Ableton Live.
Here's an interesting project worth keeping an eye on. It was built with openFrameworks using the ofxKinect addon. The user appears to be able to hover his or her hand over a particular vector on the screen in order to start playing a pre-set sample of music. The user can then move to another area and have that other sample play in tandem with the original, stop either one by moving away, or initiate a new sample.