Funky Sole Music: Gait Recognition and Adaptive Mapping

Nymoen, Kristian and Song, Sichao and Hafting, Yngve and Torresen, Jim

Proceedings of the International Conference on New Interfaces for Musical Expression

We present Funky Sole Music, a musical interface employing a sole embedded with three force sensitive resistors in combination with a novel algorithm for continuous movement classification. A heuristics-based music engine has been implemented, allowing users to control high-level parameters of the musical output. This provides a greater degree of control to users without musical expertise compared to what they get with traditional media playes. By using the movement classification result not as a direct control action in itself, but as a way to change mapping spaces and musical sections, the control possibilities offered by the simple interface are greatly increased.