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article imageViolin played with laser

By Jonathan Lam     Mar 29, 2013 in Technology
Though music sounds great and soothing, it is hard to master. Ever feel like learning to play the violin? What about playing it with laser optics?
Back then musicians play music in the traditional sense. What I mean by the traditional sense is that they perform musicals with wooden instruments whether it be with a guitar, violin, or a grand piano. Being that it is the year 2013, it sounds like a good time to throw some advanced technology in the musical field. Yes it was really impressive that Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart can compose so many symphonies, but I bet you he can't play a violin with laser optics.
Dylan Menzies plays the violin using software and lasers to convert the positioning, speed, and motion into sounds.
Menzies explains that this is " a system that uses synthesis software to translate data sent from an optical flow sensor, which tracks the speed, motion and angle of a wooden rod in high resolution as it is moved across it. The data is used to modify music created from a hooked-up keyboard (which creates the notes and pitch), meaning a player can replicate the subtle tones of a bow gliding across strings, not just the staccato notes produced by typical orchestral keyboard effects."
Sounds pretty interesting. But why settle to only replicate the sounds created by a traditional violin? Incorporating technology into musical instruments can potentially open many new doors to create different and new sounds.
Imagine attending a concert where the band just plays with computers and lasers. Maybe their band name can be called R2-D2's take on music.
As time passes technology will only keep on advancing. Combine it with creativity and imagination, new ideas and tools that once was imagined can now be crafted.
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