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Gestural Interfaces, Motion Capture and Artistic Creation

Frédéric Bevilacqua, Nicolas Rasamimanana & Norbert Schnell

In this article, we will present the scientific and artistic issues surrounding gesture interfaces and motion capture. Following a reminder of a few historic dates, we will argue the fact that gesture interfaces must be considered more generally, beyond the sphere of man-computer interaction. We will then describe the gesture interfaces used in a musical context and discuss more specifically the case of "augmented instruments" which are the subject of several research and development projects at IRCAM. We will concentrate particularly on the augmented violin, which gave way to a collective project involving the IRCAM Real-Time Applications research group and the composer Florence Baschet. Finally, we will describe issues connected to dance projects that make use of motion sensors.

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