Gestural Musical Affordances

Tanaka, Atau; Altavilla, Alessandro and Spowage, Neil. 2012. Gestural Musical Affordances. Proceedings of the 9th International Conference on Sound and Music Computing, 9, [Article]


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This paper is a comparative study of gestural interaction with musical sound, designed to gain insight into the no- tion of musical affordance on interactive music systems. We conducted an interview base user study trialing three accelerometer based devices, an iPhone, a Wii-mote, and an Axivity Wax prototype, with four kinds of musical sound, including percussion, stringed instruments, and voice recordings. The accelerometers from the devices were mapped to computer based sound synthesis parameters. By using consistent mappings across different source sounds, and performing them from the three different devices, users experienced forms of physical, sonic, and cultural affordance, that combine to form what we term musical affordance.

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Computing > Embodied AudioVisual Interaction Group (EAVI)


July 2012Published

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11 Nov 2015 08:14

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29 Apr 2020 16:12


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