Circles and Seeds: Adapting Kpelle Ideas about Music Performance for Collaborative Digital Music performance

Griffith, Niall J. and O’Leary, Sean and O’Shea, Donagh and Hammond, Ed and O’Modhrain, Sile

Proceedings of the International Conference on New Interfaces for Musical Expression

The use of free gesture in making music has usually been confined to instruments that use direct mappings between movement and sound space. Here we demonstrate the use of categories of gesture as the basis of musical learning and performance collaboration. These are used in a system that reinterprets the approach to learning through performance that is found in many musical cultures and discussed here through the example of Kpelle music.