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Friday, March 17, 2006

Classical Music Meets MoCap Technology

The Christian Science Monitor has an article on using technology to capture a master player's hands:

"I look good in this costume, no?" he asks, patting a small, black-suited belly.

The form-fitting attire is configured so that computers can digitally record the virtuoso's skills through a process known as motion-capture. Best known for bringing characters to life in video games as well as in such films as "The Lord of the Rings" and "The Polar Express," motion capture will allow researchers to create an animated model of Rabbath's techniques for an instructional DVD titled "Art of the Left Hand."

"Francois is to classical music what Michael Jordan was to basketball," says Hans Sturm, a double-bass professor at Ball State, who counts Rabbath as both mentor and close personal friend. "Nobody else does what he does. And I doubt anyone ever will."
-- Video-game tech hits classical music

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