Elementary Gestalts for Gesture Sonification

Goina, Maurizio and Polotti, Pietro

Proceedings of the International Conference on New Interfaces for Musical Expression

In this paper, we investigate the relationships between gesture and sound by means of an elementary gesture sonification. This work takes inspiration from Bauhaus’ ideals and Paul Klee’s investigation into forms and pictorial representation. In line with these ideas, the main aim of this work is to reduce gesture to a combination of a small number of elementary components (gestalts) used to control a corresponding small set of sounds. By means of a demonstrative tool, we introduce here a line of research that is at its initial stage. The envisaged goal of future developments is a novel system that could be a composing/improvising tool as well as an interface for interactive dance and performance.