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Tuesday, April 24 • 11:20am - 11:40am
Implementing Musical Instrument Digital Interface in Virtual Reality

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Virtual reality captured the public’s interest in the 1980’s and 90’s with the release of several early VR devices and increased media attention on the technology. At the same time, the new Musical Instrument Digital Interface (MIDI) protocol was growing in popularity as a means to bridge the analog and digital realms of music production. Both technologies have come a long way, but the interfacing of the two is relatively untrodden territory. Combining the utility of MIDI with the visually and physically engaging nature of VR will allow users to interact with their music in wholly new ways. Using Unity 5 and the HTC Vive headset and controllers, this application functions as a virtual reality MIDI controller in the form of a theremin. By converting locational data to MIDI events and sending them over a UDP connection to a virtual MIDI input, users are able to communicate MIDI messages from VR to their favorite audio plugin host application. The application was developed using Unity 5, Visual Studio, C#, and Tobias Erichsen’s teVirtualMIDI driver library.

Tuesday April 24, 2018 11:20am - 11:40am PDT
125 Rhoades Robinson Hall

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