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Holophonor: designing the visual music instruments of the future

Holophonor: designing the visual music instruments of the future

Weinel, Jonathan ORCID: 0000-0001-5347-3897, Cunningham, Stuart, Picking, Richard and Williams, Lyall (2015) Holophonor: designing the visual music instruments of the future. In: Curran, Kevin, (ed.) Recent Advances in Ambient Intelligence and Context-Aware Computing. IGI Global, USA, pp. 143-154. ISBN 9781466672840 ; 9781466672857, 1466672854 ; 1466672846 (doi:

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This chapter considers the technological feasibility of the Holophonor, a fictional audio-visual instrument from the science fiction cartoon Futurama. Through an extended discussion of the progression of visual music towards interactive models, it was proposed that the Holophonor is an example of an ideal visual music instrument and could be constructed in the near future. This chapter recapitulates the key features of the fictional instrument. An evaluation of the technological feasibility of building a real-world version of the Holophonor is then given, with reference to existing technologies. In particular, it is proposed that the Holophonor's ability to respond to the emotional state of the performer may be facilitated by drawing on approaches from HCI and affective computing. Following this, a possible architecture for the Holophonor is proposed.

Item Type: Book Section
Uncontrolled Keywords: context-aware computing, visual music
Subjects: M Music and Books on Music > M Music
N Fine Arts > N Visual arts (General) For photography, see TR
Q Science > QA Mathematics > QA75 Electronic computers. Computer science
Faculty / School / Research Centre / Research Group: Faculty of Engineering & Science > School of Computing & Mathematical Sciences (CMS)
Faculty of Liberal Arts & Sciences > Sound-Image Research Group
Faculty of Engineering & Science
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