Composing Interactive Dance Pieces for the MotionComposer, a device for Persons with Disabilities

Bergsland, Andreas and Wechsler, Robert

Proceedings of the International Conference on New Interfaces for Musical Expression

The authors have developed a new hardware/software device for persons with disabilities (the MotionComposer), and in the process created a number of interactive dance pieces for non-disabled professional dancers. The paper briefly describes the hardware and motion tracking software of the device before going into more detail concerning the mapping strategies and sound design applied to three interactive dance pieces. The paper concludes by discussing a particular philosophy championing transparency and intuitiveness (clear causality) in the interactive relationship, which the authors apply to both the device and to the pieces that came from it.