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KISS2014 Presentations

Recordings from the four sessions of presentations at KISS 2014 in Lübeck Germany. A complete schedule of the sixth annual Kyma International Sound Symposium can be found at

KISS2014 -- The Linguistic Theremin – Creating a gesturally controlled speech and voice synthesizer: Robert Hofmann

The goal of this project is to create a musical instrument that enables not only the playing of melodies in terms of varying pitch, volume and timbre but also, more specifically, melodies with added text. This is unusual, given that normally this is the privilege of the human voice alone.

But whilst the human voice is the model for the project, the actual starting point – and means of playing the instrument – is the theremin.

The theremin’s signal is used in Kyma to control various different parameters and so dynamically determine which text (resynthesized spectra of pre-recorded samples of the phonemes of the English language in various pitches) will be chosen.

The result – fingers crossed – will be an instrument that you can intuitively play; the words will, though intentionally unintelligible, suit and complement the melody/sound that is played.

Saturday 27 September 2014, Musikhochschule Lübeck Kammermusiksaal