Call for participation: NIME 2011

I am chair for the 11th International Conference on New Interfaces for Musical Expression (NIME 2011)
, which will be organized 30 May – 1 June 2011 here in Oslo, Norway.

The official “call for participation” has just been posted here, and sent to various mailing lists. Please forward this to anyone that you think may be interested in participating.


micro-OSC (uOSC) was made public yesterday at NIME:

micro-OSC (uOSC) is a firmware runtime system for embedded platforms designed to remain as small as possible while also supporting evolving trends in sensor interfaces such as regulated 3.3 Volt high-resolution sensors, mixed analog and digital multi-rate sensor interfacing, n > 8-bit data formats.

uOSC supports the Open Sound Control protocol directly on the microprocessor, and the completeness of this implementation serves as a functional reference platform for research and development of the OSC protocol.

The design philosophy of micro-OSC is “by musicians, for musicians”—it is used at CNMAT as a component in prototypes of new sensor-based musical instruments as well as a research platform for the study of realtime protocols and signal-quality issues related to musical gestures.

I have only read through the NIME paper briefly, but an interesting aspect is how they are focusing on the implementation of OSC bundles with time tags, something which is rarely found in most OSC applications. Looking forward to test this on the CUI.

Virtual slide guitar

Jyri Pakarinen just presented a paper on the Virtual Slide Guitar (VSG) here at NIME in Genova.

They used a commercial 6DOF head tracking solution from Naturalpoint called TrackIR 4 Pro. The manufacturer promises:

Experience real time 3D view control in video games and simulations just by moving your head! The only true 6DOF head tracking system of its kind. TrackIR takes your PC gaming to astonishing new levels of realism and immersion!

The tracker is supposed to work at 120fps, and Jyri’s video demo was convincing, so it looks like an interesting and cheap mocap tool.

NIME paper on GDIF

Here is the poster I presented at NIME 2006 in Paris based on the paper Towards a Gesture Description Interchange Format.

The paper was written together with Tellef Kvifte, and the abstract reads:

This paper presents our need for a Gesture Description Interchange Format (GDIF) for storing, retrieving and sharing information about music-related gestures. Ideally, it should be possible to store all sorts of data from various commercial and custom made controllers, motion capture and computer vision systems, as well as results from different types of gesture analysis, in a coherent and consistent way. This would make it possible to use the information with different software, platforms and devices, and also allow for sharing data between research institutions. We present some of the data types that should be included, and discuss issues which need to be resolved.

Building low-cost music controllers

New publication on our Cheapstick music controller:



A. R. Jensenius, R. Koehly, and M. M. Wanderley. Building low-cost music controllers. In R. Kronland-Martinet, T. Voinier, and S. Ystad, editors, CMMR 2005, LNCS 3902, pages 123–129. Berlin Heidelberg: Springer-Verlag, 2006. (PDF from Springer)


This paper presents our work on building low-cost music controllers intended for educational and creative use. The main idea was to build an electronic music controller, including sensors and a sensor interface, on a “10 euro” budget. We have experimented with turning commercially available USB game controllers into generic sensor interfaces, and making sensors from cheap conductive materials such as latex, ink, porous materials, and video tape. Our prototype controller, the CheapStick, is comparable to interfaces built with commercially available sensors and interfaces, but at a fraction of the price.



	Author = {Jensenius, Alexander Refsum and Koehly, Rodolphe and Wanderley, Marcelo M.},
	Booktitle = {CMMR 2005, LNCS 3902},
	Editor = {Kronland-Martinet, R. and Voinier, T. and Ystad, S.},
	Pages = {123--129},
	Publisher = {Berlin Heidelberg: Springer-Verlag},
	Title = {Building Low-Cost Music Controllers},
	Year = {2006}}