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Visualizing the Physiological Synchronization of Musicians

Postmes, J.M. (2019) Visualizing the Physiological Synchronization of Musicians.

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Abstract:The aim of this research project is to investigate the physiological synchronization between musicians that make music together, for the following purpose: if this synchronization is present and can be feedbacked, it can improve the musicians’ experience of playing together. This leads to a research question: how to design a system that enhances the physiological synchronization of musicians making music together through the use of a visualization? Based on a literature study and ideation, the main design idea is to measure the heart rate variability (HRV) of musicians making music together, and use the synchronization in this value between them to make a visualization. This concept is tested by experimenting with different prototypes for a feedback visualization system. The results of these experiments show that the heart rate variability of musicians is indeed a variable which can be used to feedback the amount of physiological synchronization. However, the visualization that is used does not have a clear impact on the musicians’ experience of playing. Based on the results, this research project gives recommendations of how to measure the HRV and feedback it in an unobtrusive way. It provides other recommendations for designing a system which visualizes the physiological synchronization of musicians as well.
Item Type:Essay (Bachelor)
Faculty:EEMCS: Electrical Engineering, Mathematics and Computer Science
Subject:53 electrotechnology, 77 psychology
Programme:Creative Technology BSc (50447)
Link to this item:http://purl.utwente.nl/essays/77310
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