Musician turns Leap Motion into a theremin (sort of)

Tokyo-based indie developer, and musician Aliceffekt has recorded an album using the Leap Motion Controller as his primary instrument.

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Devine Lu Linvega -- aka Aliceffekt -- is a prolific sort of fellow. The Tokyo-based French-Canadian industrial artist works in interactive media as a developer, fantastical linguist, and musician.

His oeuvre includes his very own massively multiplayer online game, an exploration game about alienation in its purest form (and one of the most interesting games so far this year, mobile or otherwise). He also invented an entirely new language.

He also performs as Aliceffekt in Tokyo clubs, and it was this that led to the creation of his upcoming album "Telekinetic" -- made on a Leap Motion Controller input device. "Tired of carrying MIDI controllers with me, I got myself the small Leap Motion device and used it to perform the 'Telekinetic' album," he said on his Web site.

But rather than using one of the music programs that already exist for the device, Devine Lu Linvega wrote his own, producing a retro-futuristic, theremin-like sound, with similar gestures.

"The device gives me different controls from the usual knobs and pads, allowing me to give three-dimensional information to Ableton Live and be closer to actually touching the music," he said.

Like many of his projects, he has made the source files available for free on GitHub to anyone who wants to tinker with his program. The album, "Telekinetic," is expected to launch on Thursday, and you can see Devine Lu Linvega playing it live at Tokyo Indie Dance Party in the video below.

(Source: Crave Australia)

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Michelle Starr is the tiger force at the core of all things. She also writes about cool stuff and apps as CNET Australia's Crave editor. But mostly the tiger force thing.


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