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Piano Crossing - Walking on a Keyboard

Bojan Kverh and Matevž Lipanje and Borut Batagelj and Franc Solina (2010) Piano Crossing - Walking on a Keyboard. Acta Graphica, 22 (3-4). pp. 25-38. ISSN 0353-4707

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    Piano Crossing is an interactive art installation which turns a pedestrian crossing marked with white stripes into a piano keyboard so that pedestrians can generate music by walking over it. Matching tones are generated when a pedestrian is over a particular stripe or key. A digital camera is directed at the crossing from above. A special computer vision application was developed that maps the stripes of the pedestrian crossing to piano keys and which detects over which key is the center of gravity of every pedestrian in the image at any given moment. Special black stripes are added to the crossing, which represent also the black piano keys. The application consists of two parts: (1) initialization, where the model of the abstract piano keyboard is mapped to the image of the pedestrian crossing and (2) the detection of pedestrians on the crossing so that musical tones can be generated according to their locations. The art installation Piano crossing was presented to the public for the first time during the 51st Jazz Festival in Ljubljana in July 2010.

    Item Type: Article
    Keywords: interactive art installation, computer vision, background removal, music tone generation
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    Institution: University of Ljubljana
    Department: Faculty of Computer and Information Science
    Divisions: Faculty of Computer and Information Science > Computer Vision Laboratory
    Item ID: 1473
    Date Deposited: 19 Jul 2011 12:31
    Last Modified: 09 Dec 2013 10:38
    URI: http://eprints.fri.uni-lj.si/id/eprint/1473

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