Syntact: Moulding Sound by Miha Ciglar

Presentation on  Thursday 21st of June 2012, 7pm.

Miha Ciglar is a composer and researcher in the field of audio technologies. He holds a MSc degree from the Academy of Music and the University of Technology in Graz, Austria. In 2008, Ciglar founded the Institute for Sonic Arts Research – IRZU. He is the initiator and curator of the international sonic arts festival EarZoom, which takes place annually, since 2009 in Ljubljana, Slovenia. In 2011 he founded Ultrasonic audio technologies – a start-up company, developing a wide range of products including new musical interface controllers based on non-contact tactile feedback and computer vision, directional speakers based on modulated ultrasound, as well as several mobile applications combining music making and gaming. Ciglar is the conference chair of the 2012 International Computer Music Conference (ICMC), which will be held in September 2012 at IRZU in Ljublajna, Slovenia.

Syntact – Touch the Sound

Syntact™ is a new musical interface developed at Ultrasonic audio technologies. The revolutionary technology behind it provides contact-free tactile feedback to the musician. By utilizing airborne ultrasound a force field is created in mid-air that can be sensed in a tactile way. It allows a musician to feel the actual sound with its temporal and harmonic texture. While an optical sensor system is interpreting his hand gestures and mapping the descriptors of hand motion onto sound synthesis/processing parameters, the musician can physically engage with the medium of sound by virtually moulding and shaping it – i.e. changing its acoustic appearance – directly with his hands.

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