[ISEA2010] Paper: Steffen Müller & Frederik Kalisch – The attract-o-tone: a Performance-Oriented Musical Interface


We all know the sound of a guitar, a piano or a trumpet. And with those rather traditional Instruments, the observer easily understands how sounds occur, which are created by. Yet, contrary to a drumkit or a theremin, most of the motion happens hidden in detail. Only the audience physically close to the musician gets to associate the movements of the hands and fingers with the produced notes. Who isn‘t near, won‘t be able to do that, simply because of not seeing what the musician is doing. And the more senses are involved in perceiving a situation, the more intensly it will be experienced. Therefore we intended to create an interface that demands exuberant gestures of the musician.

  • Frederik Kalisch (DE) is a student in his final year at Folkwang-Hochschule, Essen, DE. The focus of his studies is experimental and strategic design. He is currently finishing his diploma at Audi AG Ingolstadt at brand strategy department. Other interests include making music and old scooters.
  • Steffen Müller (DE) currently studies visual communications at the Folkwang-Hochschule Essen, Germany. Coming from illustration, at the moment he focusses on spatial augmented reality (or so called projection mapping) while working as a visual artist together with the neongolden collective Vienna, Austria. lab.neongolden.net

Full text (PDF) p.  209-210