ECAL: a gestural + interactive computer orchestra
ECAL: a gestural + interactive computer orchestra ECAL: a gestural + interactive computer orchestra
sep 24, 2013

ECAL: a gestural + interactive computer orchestra

‘the computer orchestra’ by simon de diesbach + jonas lacôte + laura perrenoud




the ‘computer orchestra’ by ECAL students simon de diesbach, jonas lacôte and laura perrenoud is a crowdsourcing platform that allows users to create and conduct their own orchestra. they can choose to upload their own music or download samples to integrate into their formation. with a simple interface, they assign the chosen samples to each post and can also arrange detection zones, that allow them to order the ‘musicians’ to play, using various gestures. once their orchestra is configured, they can direct it with the movements of their body. the integration of a kinect system detects the director’s movements and transmits the data to processing via the SimpleOpenNI library. the program then sends a signal to the corresponding computers via WiFi, playing the assigned samples and generate a visual derived from the outgoing sound. this way, the ‘musician-screen’ not only sends sound back to the director, but also gives visual feedback.



using various gestures and computers, users can direct their own orchestra using a kinect system



‘the computer orchestra’
video courtesy computer-orchestra

  • I would have enjoyed knowing more about how the hand gestures were relating to the music.
    Perhaps I am lacking the knowledge to understand.

    Ron Smith says:

have something to add? share your thoughts in our comments section below.
all comments are reviewed for the purposes of moderation before publishing.

comments policy
designboom's comment policy guidelines
generally speaking, if we publish something, it's because we're genuinely interested in the subject. we hope you'll share this interest and if you know even more about it, please share! our goal in the discussion threads is to have good conversation and we prefer constructive opinions. we and our readers have fun with entertaining ones. designboom welcomes alerts about typos, incorrect names, and the like.
the correction is at the discretion of the post editor and may not happen immediately.

what if you disagree with what we or another commenter has to say?
let's hear it! but please understand that offensive, inappropriate, or just plain annoying comments may be deleted or shortened.

- please do not make racist, sexist, anti-semitic, homophobic or otherwise offensive comments.
- please don't personally insult the writers or your fellow commenters.
- please avoid using offensive words, replacing a few letters with asterisks is not a valid workaround.
- please don't include your website or e-mail address in your comments for the purpose of self-promotion.
- please respect jury verdicts and do not discuss offensively on the competition results
(there is only one fist prize, and designboom usually asks renown professionals to help us to promote talent.
in addition to the awarded designs, we do feel that almost all deserve our attention, that is why we publish
the best 100-200 entries too.)

a link is allowed in comments as long as they add value in the form of information, images, humor, etc. (links to the front page of your personal blog or website are not okay). unwelcome links (to commercial products or services of others, offensive material etc. ) will be redacted. and, ... yes, spam gets banned. no, we do not post fake comments.


a diverse digital database that acts as a valuable guide in gaining insight and information about a product directly from the manufacturer, and serves as a rich reference point in developing a project or scheme.

technology news

keep up with our daily and weekly stories
502,531 subscribers
- see sample
- see sample