Volume 13(1), 2017-05, 82—108

Bodily Interactions in Motion-Based Music Applications

Marcella Mandanici
Department of Information Engineering
University of Padova
Italy

Antonio Rodà
Department of Information Engineering
University of Padova
Italy

Sergio Canazza
Department of Information Engineering
University of Padova
Italy

Motion-based music applications exploit the connection between body movements and musical concepts to allow users to practice high-level structured elements (e.g., tonal harmony) in a simple and effective way. We propose a framework for the design and the assessment of motion-based music applications by involving outcomes from various disciplines, such as the cognitive sciences and human–computer interaction. The framework has been applied to a working system, the Harmonic Walk, which is an interactive space application based on motion-tracking technologies. The application integrates both digital and physical information by reacting to a user’s movements within a designated 3 x 4 m floor, where six musical chords have been arranged according to a determined spatial positioning. Human choreographies from the user’s coordinated movements to musically structured events are analyzed in order to determine their relationships and to discuss related design issues.

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