Gestrument was developed by contemporary classical composer Jesper Nordin as his own compositional tool in 2007. With this tool he has composed pieces for leading European ensembles and symphony orchestras. After presenting the tool at Universities and Conservatories like Stanford (US), Berkley (US), Conservatoire de musique de Montréal (Can) and Conservatoire National Supérieur Musique et Danse de Lyon (Fr) he started to realize the full potential of what he had discovered and decided to develop this tool as an iOS app. With the help of software designer Jonatan Liljedahl he then developed and released Gestrument for iOS in late 2012.
You can also control Gestrument with a motion sensor and use your hands and body to create music. All you need is a Kinect device and a MIDI interface (or connect to your computer wireless), a mac/PC and of course the Gestrument application on your iOS device.
Up until now a number of projects have been using this technology, featuring acts such as choreographer and dancer Virpi Pahkinen, Västerås Sinfonietta, Nordic Chamber Orchestra and Jesper Nordin. Excerpts from these are found in the videos below.
(Only works with the original Kinect360 with serial number 1414, we have not developed a version for the Kinect360 with serial number 1473 or the new Kinect One.
Unfortunately, there is a widespread lack of support for the Kinect model 1473. Our software engineer is looking into it, but the consensus of the Kinect community is that the 1473 is unsupported in the libraries that are available for development. Since many people are experiencing the same issue when developing other software, it should only be a matter of time until the 1473 is supported, but the KinectOne might take longer since it is a completely different model.)
In 2007 composer Jesper Nordin programmed the original tool in Max/MSP using a Wacom drawing board as input and was used by Nordin in many compositions. See a video from a session with the original tool at the musical centre GRAME in Lyon.
Several pieces by Jesper Nordin composed with this tool is found on the CD Pendants where cellist Benjamin Carat and ensemble Gageego! performs his music conducted by Pierre-André Valade.
For ensemble and live electronics premiered by Ensemble Itinéraire conducted by Dominique Dournaud. Listen to Pendants on Spotify here.
For percussion and ensemble premiered by Ensemble Orchestral Contemporain conducted by Daniel Kawka.
Inventor – Jesper Nordin is a contemporary classical composer working with orchestras, ensembles and soloists around the world.
Software designer – Jonathan Liljedahl (kymatica.com) is a composer and software designer behind apps like AudioShare, BitWiz and the AUFX series.
Marketing manager & Producer – Emelie Bergbohm is a freelance producer, agent and marketing manager within the performing arts.
Preset developer – Jonas Kjellberg (wrench.se) is a composer and software designer currently finishing his Master in Composition at the Royal College of Music in Stockholm.
All photos on this site by Great Works apart from the following:
Portrait photo of Jordan Rudess - Paul Undersinger
Photo of Meshuggah - Anthony Dubois
Photo of Jesper Nordin – Freddie Sandström
Photo of Kamelmauz – Stephen Calhoun
Photo of Niclas Tamas – Niclas Tamas
Front photos of the following Preset video from iStockphoto.com:
Cool jazz, d’n'b, Dubstep, Jazz Trio, Sitar, String Quartet, Trance
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