Extensible Embodied Knowledge: Bridging Performance Practice and Intelligent Performance System Design

Strauss, Lucy and Yee-King, Matthew. 2023. 'Extensible Embodied Knowledge: Bridging Performance Practice and Intelligent Performance System Design'. In: The International Conference on AI and Musical Creativity (AIMC 2023). University of Sussex, United Kingdom 30 August - 1 September 2023. [Conference or Workshop Item]

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A wealth of embodied knowledge has been articulated and documented in music performance practice literature. However, this documentation is usually aimed at instrument performers, and not packaged in such a way that it can be extensible to designers of computational Interactive Performance Systems (IPS). We extract meaningful dimensions from literature relating to instrument-specific kinematics, and describe the sonic and felt dimensions of specific technique. To aid a bottom-up design process, we provide a graphical representation of this articulated embodied knowledge in the form of a novel dimension space. In addition, we discuss possible solutions for how we can access and extend this embodied knowledge computationally. The resulting dimension space seeks to provide a clear understanding of what exactly we might extend through design. This research lays a foundation for future design work of IPS such as co-creative systems, interactive music systems, musical agents, and augmented instruments. In particular, this paper documents the ideation phase of our emerging IPS design for a professional violist. As such, this paper serves as an example of how we can extract and organise embodied knowledge from music performance, towards inscribing computational designs with embodied knowledge of music performance.

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We acknowledge the support provided for the first author’s PhD studentship by the Arts and Humanities Research Council of the United Kingdom and the Consortium for the Humanities and the Arts South-East England.

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12 June 2023Accepted
29 August 2023Published

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University of Sussex, United Kingdom

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30 August - 1 September 2023

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25 Sep 2023 15:26

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25 Sep 2023 15:30



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