Motion Blur

Just found some fun images while cleaning up some old files. The motion blur makes the gestures of the performer hang in the air, communicating much more information than a simple static image.

Motion-blurred images of the T-Stick in performance
Alexander Refsum Jensenius uses a more sophisticated video-processing technique to produce motiongrams and videograms, which he uses for analysis of musical performance. You can read about them in his PhD Dissertation.

Is research in your future?

Look at the bottom of the poster on the left…

The “Is research in your future” tag line is attached to the Gyrotyre, a DMI created by Elliot Sinyor in the IDMIL. Marcelo Wanderley (my PhD advisor) is holding it, and Stephen McAdams and I are holding T-Sticks. The pic is from last year’s event; another one made it to the McGill home page:

Fun photo manipulation

I spent a few minutes the other day messing around with the online face transformer from the University of St Andrew’s Perception Lab. It allows you to upload a photo and “transform” it into someone older, younger, an ape, etc… Personally, I enjoy the results best when the system is cruelly abused, and given faulty eye and mouth positions – here’s a before and after: