Use of Body Motion to Enhance Traditional Musical Instruments

Visi, Federico and Schramm, Rodrigo and Miranda, Eduardo

Proceedings of the International Conference on New Interfaces for Musical Expression

This work describes a new approach to gesture mapping in a performance with a traditional musical instrument and live electronics based upon theories of embodied music cognition (EMC) and musical gestures. Considerations on EMC and how gestures affect the experience of music inform different mapping strategies. Our intent is to enhance the expressiveness and the liveness of performance by tracking gestures via a multimodal motion capture system and to use motion data to control several features of the music. After a review of recent research in the field, a proposed application of such theories to a performance with electric guitar and live electronics will follow, focusing both on aspects of meaning formation and motion capturing.