When we first saw movements and dance converted to music in February, it must have sparked some interest. Developer Jesper Nordin tells us popular demand has prompted him to release a free (as in beer) version of his Gestrument Kinect controller. With a beta download and a Windows or Mac machine, you can translate Microsoft’s depth-sensing camera to MIDI events you can use with instruments.

Previously (including mention of the iPad version of this idea, if you don’t fancy prancing about in front of a camera):
Gestrument, Shaping Music with Kinect, Touch, and Acoustic Ensembles [Videos]

Now, you can grab the Kinect app as a beta download. Notes and information currently under the “future” heading:

See also:

Below, more experiments with the very first version of this – as a patch for graphical development environment Max/MSP – at Lyon, France’s GRAME research center:

Kinect Rhytmic improvisation from GRAME on Vimeo.

Kinect improvising from GRAME on Vimeo.

Jean Geoffroy – performer
Christophe Lebreton – “Light Music” interface patch
Jesper Nordin – musical patch and parameters

If you make something with this, we’d love to see it. Naturally, there are visual applications as well as musical ones, again making use of MIDI.