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This is an example performance of what you can do with Ryan Challinor’s Synapse for Kinect tools combined with Ableton Live and Quartz Composer.

Synapse is an app for Mac and Windows that allows you to use your Kinect to control Ableton Live, Quartz Composer, Max/MSP/Jitter, and any other application that can receive OSC events. It sends joint positions and hit events via OSC, and also sends the depth image into Quartz Composer. This allows you to use your whole body as an instrument.

You can download Synapse for Kinect at Challinor’s site. Read more…


Matt Davis hacked a Kinect, using OpenNI & Max/MSP, to create an awesome laser MIDI controller.

With it mapped to Ableton Live and Henry Strange’s MIDI to DMX Laser Control System, Matt demonstrates his a/v control system.