Daft Datum – An Interface for Producing Music Through Foot-based Interaction

Kondapalli, Ravi and Sung, Ben-Zhen

Proceedings of the International Conference on New Interfaces for Musical Expression

Daft Datum is an autonomous new media artefact that takes input from movement of the feet (i.e. tapping/stomping/stamping) on a wooden surface, underneath which is a sensor sheet. The sensors in the sheet are mapped to various sound samples and synthesized sounds. Attributes of the synthesized sound, such as pitch and octave, can be controlled using the Nintendo Wii Remote. It also facilitates switching between modes of sound and recording/playing back a segment of audio. The result is music generated by dancing on the device that is further modulated by a hand-held controller.