Efficient tracking of pianists’ finger movements

MacRitchie, J. and Bailey, N. J. (2013) Efficient tracking of pianists’ finger movements. Journal of New Music Research, 42(1), pp. 79-95. (doi:10.1080/09298215.2012.762529)

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Pianist finger movement contains information about note preparation, accent information as well as personal identifiers. However, no system for detailed finger tracking presently exists that can also be used ecologically: at an acoustic piano whilst also incurring acceptably low disruption to the performance. An optical motion capture system is described using a monocular camera setup to track passive UV paint markers placed directly onto pianists’ fingers. Tracking accuracy and 3D estimation algorithms are evaluated. This low-cost, efficient system maximizes its uses in performance analysis experiments which are most importantly not confined to laboratory environments.

Item Type:Articles
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Bailey, Dr Nicholas
Authors: MacRitchie, J., and Bailey, N. J.
College/School:College of Science and Engineering > School of Engineering > Systems Power and Energy
Journal Name:Journal of New Music Research
Publisher:Taylor and Francis
ISSN (Online):1744-5027

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