Gestural control of wavefield synthesis

Francesco Grani, Diego Di Carlo, Jorge Madrid Portillo, Matteo Girardi, Razvan Paisa, Jian Stian Banas, Iakovos Vogiatzoglou, Dan Overholt, Stefania Serafin

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We present a report covering our preliminary research on the control of spatial sound sources in wavefield synthesis through gesture based interfaces. After a short general introduction on spatial sound and few basic concepts on wavefield synthesis, we presents a graphical application called spAAce which let users to control real-time movements of sound sources by drawing trajectories on a screen. The first prototype of this application has been developed bound to WFSCollider, an open-source software based on Supercollider which let users control wavefield synthesis. The spAAce application has been implemented using Processing, a programming language for sketches and prototypes within the context of visual arts, and communicates with WFSCollider through the Open Sound Control protocol. This application aims to create a new way of interaction for live performance of spatial composition and live electronics. In a subsequent section we present an auditory game in which players can walk freely inside a virtual acoustic environment (a room in a commercial ship) while being exposed to the presence of several “enemies”, which the player needs to localise and eliminate by using a Nintendo WiiMote game controller to “throw” sounding objects towards them. Aim of this project was to create a gestural interface for a game based on auditory cues only, and to investigate how convolution reverberation can affects people's perception of distance in a wavefield synthesis setup environment.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationSMC 2016 - 13th Sound and Music Computing Conference, Proceedings
EditorsRolf Grossmann, Georg Hajdu
Number of pages8
PublisherZentrum fur Mikrotonale Musik und Multimediale Komposition (ZM4), Hochschule fur Musik und Theater
Publication date2019
ISBN (Electronic)9783000537004
Publication statusPublished - 2019
Event13th Sound and Music Computing Conference, SMC 2016 - Hamburg, Germany
Duration: 31 Aug 20193 Sept 2019


Conference13th Sound and Music Computing Conference, SMC 2016
Sponsoret al., Hamburg - Behorde fur Wissenschaft, Forschung und Gleichstellung, Hamburg - Kulturbehorde, Hamburgische Kulturstiftung, Hochschule für Musik und Theater Hamburg , OPUS XXI
SeriesSMC 2016 - 13th Sound and Music Computing Conference, Proceedings

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