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DJ turns Leap Motion into a theremin (sort of)

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

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 MMO, an exploration game about alienation in its purest form (and one of the most interesting games so far this year, mobile or otherwise), and inventing an entirely new language.

He also performs as a DJ in Tokyo clubs as Aliceffekt, and it was this that led to the creation of his upcoming album Telekinetic — made on a Leap Motion Controller. "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 website.

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 3 October, and you can see Devine Lu Linvega playing it live at Tokyo Indie Dance Party in the video below.

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Im Batman posted a comment   

I am clearly not into Jazz.

Nice work, done really well, especially to make it a full set.

"nobody knows the trouble i've seen..."


ThomasR2 posted a comment   

One of the first uses of this that I've seen, excellently executed.

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