Improvising through the senses: a performance approach with the indirect use of technology

Michailidis, Tychonas and Dooley, James and Granieri, Niccolo and Di Donato, Balandino (2018) Improvising through the senses: a performance approach with the indirect use of technology. Digital Creativity. ISSN 1744-3806

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This article explores and proposes new ways of performing in a technology-mediated environment. We present a case study that examines feedback loop relationships between a dancer and a pianist. Rather than using data from sensor technologies to directly control and affect musical parameters, we captured data from a dancer’s arm movements and mapped them onto a bespoke device that stimulates the pianist’s tactile sense through vibrations. The pianist identifies and interprets the tactile sensory experience, with his improvised performance responding to the changes in haptic information received. Our system presents a new way of technology-mediated performer interaction through tactile feedback channels, enabling the user to establish new creative pathways. We present a classification of vibrotactile interaction as means of communication, and we conclude how users experience multi-point vibrotactile feedback as one holistic experience rather than a collection of discrete feedback points.

Item Type: Article
27 August 2018Published Online
27 August 2018Accepted
Subjects: CAH25 - design, and creative and performing arts > CAH25-02 - performing arts > CAH25-02-02 - music
Divisions: Faculty of Arts, Design and Media > Royal Birmingham Conservatoire
Depositing User: James Dooley
Date Deposited: 04 Sep 2018 09:18
Last Modified: 12 Jan 2022 16:54

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