Orpheus



Orpheus is an interactive video sequencing software which permits real time control and synchronization of digital video sequences with any form of live or sequenced music. Orpheus listens to live music and controls the presentation of video imagery according to various musical elements. The music listener portion of the software provides a musical categorization in real time according to pitch, loudness, note duration, rest length, tempo, and measure. Each musical category evokes an associated response of digitally stored frames, accompanied with a cinematic effect. For example, Orpheus could present an image of a face laughing in response to a particular category of music, while another category of music could present the same face crying. The music could alternate between these two music categories--up to 30 times per second--and the face would respond with laughing or crying in synchronization with the music. Specific associations between music categories and video frames are specified by a user according to aesthetic and temporal criteria.
Orpheus is similar to a non-linear video editing system because it can present video frames and sequences in any order. In contrast to nonlinear systems, however, editing within Orpheus is controlled by musical information in real time, allowing image and sound to be perceived simultaneously. This characteristic allows Orpheus to be used as a performance tool with video imagery controlled by voice, acoustic instruments or electronic instruments. Orpheus can be used in the creation of interactive video performances, within video installations, and in the creation of video tapes. Video imagery can be controlled by voice, trombone, trumpet, saxophone, electric guitar, electric bass, acoustic bass, percussion, keyboards, or any type of device which provides MIDI output. The imagery used within Orpheus can originate as 2D animation, 3D animation or digitized video frames. Orpheus can support images of various resolutions and colors, up to full screen video resolution(736x482, 24 bits).

 

I don't know if Orpheus is available for download or licensing, but you can certainly find out more about it by visiting the publisher: Don Ritter's website.