Gesture Signal Processing and Music

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Gesture and Measuring Movement

  • What is a gesture? Physical. Bodily: hands, face, posture. Non-verbal. What do gestures communicate? Is a gesture more like a button or a handle?
  • What is a musical gesture?

Techniques for measuring human movement

Really basic physics

  • Position: x
  • Velocity: v = dx/dt
  • Acceleration: a = dv/dt
    • Proportional to force (Newton's 2nd law of motion: F = ma )
  • Jerk: j = da/dt

Interlude #1: Open Sound Control

Interlude #2: Filtering of Audio Signals

  • Can view any sound as being composed of sinusiodal waves at different frequencies
  • A filter removes energy at only certain frequencies:
    • A low-pass filter removes high freqs.
    • A high-pass filter removes low freqs.
    • A band-pass only lets certain middle frequencies through.
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