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Revolutionary digital instrument that lets you make music simply by gesturing. KAGURA is motion made music.
Revolutionary digital instrument that lets you make music simply by gesturing. KAGURA is motion made music.
Revolutionary digital instrument that lets you make music simply by gesturing. KAGURA is motion made music.
176 backers pledged $28,618 to help bring this project to life.

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KAGURA -Change Your Motion into Music-

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KAGURA lets anyone become a musician by using only your body movement and gestures. All you need is your computer and a web camera. No hand-holding needed!


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The latest information!

A new video of the "Funk" Kagura Sound Set:
All of those sounds are included in the "Premium Pack".

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 How to perform

 Choose an instrument set like the “Trance” set...

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 ...Or create your own with the user-friendly interface

 

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MIDI compatible to control your favorite electronic instruments, DAW, DJ equipment, and more

 

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Compatible with MIDIClock to sync multiple KAGURAs, your DAW, and other devices

 

 

 

High quality samples created for KAGURA

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 TAQ8 & Banvi

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Takuya (Dancer): When I first tried out KAGURA, I was impressed with how you could make sound from basically thin air. And for it to even recognize distance was really surprising. 

I knew there would be a lot ways you could put it to use, having it be able to make sound in an empty space, but I immediately thought, “I could do this with dance!” Making sound out of movement. That is a new art form. I think KAGURA is a technology that will give a new space to a lot of people.

KAO=S

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Shuji Yamagiri (acoustic guitar/vocal): Our vocalist for KAO=S, Kaori, is very expressive, even for a motion actor, and her movement and dance during the songs is just so beautiful, I always had the idea to somehow turn her action into music and meld that into the band’s. So, when I heard about KAGURA, I knew we had to incorporate it into our shows.      

On stage, Kaori’s movements painted a perfect picture to match the koto and Uilleann pipe sounds we set up. To see it come together was really exciting.  

KAO=S has a very Japanese sound with a shamisen player in our band, and while we have those traditional elements, through KAGURA we are embarking on a new kind of sound that also gives a fresh, visual edge, making an interesting interplay between the traditional and the new. Kaori also does sword dancing, and we are looking forward to seeing KAGURA keep pace with her speed and full body actions.

 

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Sónar+D Visitors

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Awesome!, Crazy fun!, I want to use it for my shows! I need this at my next party!, If I had this as a kid, I would have gotten into music., The future! ...Are just some of the reactions KAGURA has received so far. 

 

OS

  • Windows 8.1,10 (64bit)
  • Mac OSX (10.7 or later)

Recommended CPU

6th generation Intel Core processors

Camera

Web camera or Intel RealSense F200/SR300

RealSense™ is a 3D camera developed by Intel® that measures depth, allowing you to add even more functionality to KAGURA.

Short-Range Intel® RealSense™ Camera
Short-Range Intel® RealSense™ Camera

 

Control KAGURA using advanced hand gestures

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 Play Sound Sets

"Cuba"

 

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KAGURA has taken 14 years to get this far. It was first created as a media art project by Shunsuke Nakamura in graduate school, but was put on the back burner while waiting for technology to catch up to make a go of it. But with all of the pieces in place now, it was time for KAGURA to take the stage!

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The KAGUA project got its official restart with a big grand prize win at the 2013 Intel® Perceptual Computing Showcase.

SXSW and NAMM got the beta release in 2015, and the overwhelming response led us to take the project head on with a Mac release as well as the Windows version.

And just in June, KAGURA took the grand prize at the Sónar+D Startup Competition, kicking our motivation into overdrive.

Which brings us here to Kickstarter. We are almost there to bring KAGURA to the world, but we need your help to put the finishing touches on the Windows version and to develop the Mac. All funding collected on Kickstarter will go towards that goal.    

Just move and make music! And anyone can do it! Join the KAGURA revolution, the time is now! 

Please contact us at  ks@kagura.cc with any questions, and we'll get right back to you!

Risks and challenges

The expected shipping date has been planned out as thoroughly as possible, however, delivery deadlines may be extended to maintain the quality of the rewards. In that case, we promise to inform you of the situation and keep you up to date.

Please note that although the rewards say, "Rewards Ship Anywhere in the World," it may not be possible to ship to certain areas as delivery may be restricted for safety or other reasons. In these cases we reserve the right to act at our discretion. Please contact us if you believe your area may be subject shipping restrictions.

In order to keep our promise to deliver on the stated rewards for all backers, refunds will not be accepted 14 days after the Kickstarter is funded. This will not apply in cases of negligence or error on our part.

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    Bravo!

    Special Thank You Message and Video

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    KAGURA Minimal Pack

    For Windows or Mac

    Minimalist pack for professionals who prefer to make their own music, samples and icon images.

    Full version of KAGURA software. Add original WAV and PNG files from your digital audio/imaging workstation (*not included) to make KAGURA all your own.

    *Additional sample and image resources are planned for purchase upon service launch.

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    Starter Samples Pack

    The affordable way to jump right in play!

    3 preloaded Sound Sets. All the basic icons + piano, guitar & drum samples you’ll need to start composing and performing on KAGURA.

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    Premium Samples Pack

    Everything a KAGURA musician could need.

    Standard icons and 3 animated icons + 20 different instrument samples specially recorded for KAGURA

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    PC with Intel® RealSense™ Camera

    Turn it on and start performing!

    PC will come installed and optimized for KAGURA with a built in RealSense camera.

    PC details: HP or Lenovo (currently undecided), Windows 10 in either English or Japanese.
    *Full specs will decided before shipping to offer the newest and most optimal model.
    *May not ship everywhere.
    *Windows only

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    KAGURA Workshop at SHIKUMI DESIGN

    Get an intimate how-to session with the developers in Fukuoka, Japan. And afterwards go together on a gourmet tour of the world’s best ramen!

    Includes the $120 Reward

    *Transportation and lodging not included.
    *Don’t forget to bring your KAGURA installed rig!

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    KAGURA COLLABORATION

    Work with the developers to create an original Sound Set, including sample composition icon design for distribution and promotional use.

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Funding period

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