The Pearl

Participants: Ian Hattwick
Kristina Marcoux
Marcelo M. Wanderley (supervisor)
The Pearl
Funding: Crowd-Sourced
Project Type: Doctoral Research
Time Period: October 2014–present (Ongoing.)

Project Description

The Pearl is a multi-modal computer interface initially conceived as an interactive prop for an multi-artistic theatrical performance. It is a spherical hand-held wireless controller embedded with various sensor technologies and interactive lighting. The lighting was a key conceptual component in the instrument’s creation both as a theatrical prop and also as an interface for musical performance. In addition, the spherical shape of the instrument poses conceptual challenges and opportunities.



Ian Hattwick and Marcelo  M. Wanderley. "Interactive Lighting in the Pearl: Considerations and Implementation". In Proceedings of the International Conference on New Interfaces for Musical Expression, 2015.