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

Tychonas Michailidis, James Dooley, Niccolo Granieri, Balandino Di Donato

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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.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)149-164
Number of pages16
JournalDigital Creativity
Issue number2/3
Publication statusPublished - 3 Jul 2018
EventInnovation In Music - University of Westminster, London, United Kingdom
Duration: 6 Sept 20178 Sept 2017


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