Wobble Strings: Spatially divided stroboscopic effect for augmenting wobbly motion of string instruments

Shogo Fukushima, Takeshi Naemura

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Visual stimuli in the form of special lighting effects are often used to provide additional entertainment when musicians perform. Many technologies have been developed to synchronize visual and audio effects; for example, a CMOS camera can be used to capture the motions of the strings of string instruments as a visual medium. However, because a CMOS sensor scans video line-by-line in sequence, fast moving objects are distorted during the scanning sequence. This morphing and distortion are known as the rolling-shutter effect, which is considered an artistic photographic technique such as strip photography and slit-scan photography. This effect can only be seen in a camera viewfinder or on a PC screen and is usually not perceived by the naked eye. We aimed to overcome this problem by developing a system to allow the rolling-shutter effect to be observed in real time using spatially divided stroboscopic projection. The system produces a wobbly slow-motion effect by animating the sweep lines. Our system also alters the color and texture of strings using a projection of the color and texture sweep lines. Furthermore, it can also change the shape of strings to arbitrary two-dimensional shapes such as geometric patterns or patterns consisting of characters.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)101-111
Number of pages11
JournalEntertainment Computing
Publication statusPublished - Mar 1 2017
Externally publishedYes

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Software
  • Human-Computer Interaction


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