Open Wide And Say Wah

from the musicians-of-the-future- dept

Here’s yet another input device for musicians out there. The Mouthesizer will replace your guitar foot pedal for those “wah-wah” effects. Maybe not as impressive as mimicking a Stradivarius violin, but probably more potential for popularity. And if this gets advanced enough, people might not need to talk out loud. Read my lips, no new voice recognition?

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Michael (user link) says:

Re: voice box

The device known as “the bag” used by Peter Frampton (and others, he was not the first or only 70’s guitarist to use it) was a little pneumatic speaker held in the mouth. Moving the mouth changed the acoustic filtering of the guitar signal. Many traditional musical instruments around the world, for example the jaw harp, do essentially the same thing. So this idea goes back to pre-history. By contrast the mouthesizer uses a video input of the mouth to map mouth shape to musical effect. It can be connected to any musical effect via MIDI or voltage controls. The effects that are most intuitive are related to the acoustic effects of changing the mouth shape (such as wah-wah, or vowel filtering) as well as those related to facial expressions – e.g. mapping a grimace to distortion. But it’s also interesting to play with mappings that are not immediately intuitive. There are some video clips of the mouthesizer in action available at:
The mouthesizer is one example of the more general facial gesture interface.

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