The Multimodal Music Stand (MMMS) is a new way to control audio synthesis and effects while playing a traditional instrument (sax, flute, violin, you name it), and offers quite a few extra possibilities for extended techniques that can be used while playing! There's already a webpage about our group project at UC Santa Barbara in which we developed the MMMS, so instead of repeating that here, I'll post the link - check it out!Multimodal Music Stand Website
A short clip of the the MMMS in action is here
, but there are better videos on the site above...Multimodal
refers to the capability of sensing input in more than one modality (audio input, video input, and sensor-based input). The audio and video input are pretty straightforward, involving a normal microphone and a webcam connected to your computer, but the sensor input is a bit more complex, hence this instructable...
We use the CREATE USB Interface, a simple circuit I developed for a class I teach at UCSB
, along with the ThereminVision II kit for E-field (also known as capacitive sensing) as shown here:CREATE USB InterfaceThereminVisionII kit
If you don't know what a Theremin is, do yourself a favor and search Youtube, you won't be dissapointed! The MMMS is basically equivalent to 2 Theremins, since it has 4 E-field sensing antennas, in addition to the audio/video input of course.
If you're interested in extending your performance techniques with your instrument by interacting with a computer, but don't want to use simple footpedals, build yourself a Multimodal Music Stand and start practicing with it!