The Contour Synthesizer

A table with a small MIDI keyboard, a laptop, a document camera and a flat plastic surface. A long plastic object is being held against the flat surface. In the background, a projected image of a piano keyboard with 4 pressed keys highlighted in pink.

A digital instrument that encodes 2-dimensional contour data into a variety of sonic parameters.

Created for the 2021 ITP NIME (New Interfaces For Musical Expression) show.

Tech used: custom Arduino interface, MIDI keyboard, Max/MSP, USB desktop camera (for visuals only)

Performance from ITP NIME, Dec 2021