Richard Scott > WiGi

STEIM has been collaborating for a while now with artist Richard Scott on the development of his electronic instrument, the WiGi. Richard wrote an interesting article on the instrument.

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The author and WiGi at the Next Festival Bratislava 2009. Photo © Judith Goodman.

Getting WiGi with It:

Performing and Programming with an Infrared Gestural Instrument: A Case Study

by Richard Scott

Abstract

I offer an account of working with the Buchla Lightning MIDI controller and of the expansion of the instrument into the “WiGi” system, using Nintendo Wii-motes, JunXion and LiSa software, and made with the support and collaboration of STEIM (Studio for Electro-Instrumental Music). I will emphasise my background as an instrumentalist and consider some of its practical consequences for the project. I outline the various stages of development which have led to an expanded, fully functional performing instrument, and highlight some of the questions and decisions which occurred over a period of five years. I consider some æsthetic and other questions which arise from the process, some limitations of the system and my plans for its future development. Finally, I outline the various functions of the current instrument, the issues of mapping, scaling, buffers and illustrate my use of it.

You can read the whole story here.

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