Resonant Bits: Controlling Digital Musical Instruments with Resonance and the Ideomotor Effect

Bennett, Peter and Knibbe, Jarrod and Berthaut, Florent and Cater, Kirsten

Proceedings of the International Conference on New Interfaces for Musical Expression

Resonant Bits proposes giving digital information resonant dynamic properties, requiring skill and concerted effort for interaction. This paper applies resonant interaction to musical control, exploring musical instruments that are controlled through both purposeful and subconscious resonance. We detail three exploratory prototypes, the first two illustrating the use of resonant gestures and the third focusing on the detection and use of the ideomotor (subconscious micro-movement) effect.