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.
- Hattwick, I., Wanderley, M. M. (2015). Interactive Lighting in the Pearl: Considerations and Implementation. In Proceedings of the 2015 International Conference on New Interfaces for Musical Expression (NIME 2015) (pp. 201-204). Baton Rouge, LA, USA.