In collaboration with Avinash Sastry, Sertan Şentürk and Anosh Daruwalla

Crossole is a musical meta-instrument that allows you to switch the level of controlling music. The word “Crossole” is a portmanteau of “crossword” and “so-lee(소리)” which, in Korean, means sound. Literally, Crossole is a crossword of sound. Chord progression of music is visually presented as a set of virtual blocks that will eventually start to resemble a crossword puzzle. With the aid of the Kinect sensing technology,  you can either build music in high level by gestures of building a score(blocks) as well as you can play note by note by stepping into the low level(grid).

In the way that a Crossole player build musical structure using a set of blocks and play music by moving a cursor within the blocks, you have to think about the musical structure prior to notes, melody or sounds. Variation in progression of music can be easily made by selecting a different route. Also, Crossole let you save your route. Once you finish the recording, you can let Crossole replay music by traversing the recorded route in the background. In the meantime, the player can map his hand gestures to other interesting sound.

Related Paper

  • Crossole: A Gestural Interface for Composition, Improvisation and Performance using Kinect (paper).
    Sertan Şentürk, Sang Won Lee, Avinash Sastry, Anosh Daruwalla, Gil Weinberg.
    In Proceedings of the New Instruments for Musical Expression (NIME) 2012, Ann Arbor, MI. USA

Award

  • Crossole selected as a finalist in Georgia Tech Research and Innovation Conference(GTRIC) 2012 Innovation Competition

Performance Video

  • 2011 Listening Machines @ Georgia Tech.