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Creating an embodied music controller that can be used to control the arrangement of electronic dance music

Soelen, Robin van (2021) Creating an embodied music controller that can be used to control the arrangement of electronic dance music.

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Abstract:In this thesis, an embodied music controller that can be used to control the arrangementof EDM was developed. This was done with the purpose of making electronic musicperformances more transparent and engaging.A prototype was built that consists of three devices. Each device uses an IMU(Inertial Measurement Unit) sensor that is placed on either one of the hands or thebody. An LSTM model was used for recognising gestures that are performed with eachdevice. Based on these gestures, corresponding MIDI data will be send out to AbletonLive.A series of co-design sessions with music producers and dancers was conducted toiteratively improve the prototype and to find preferred mappings between movementsand music. Participants were able to use the controller in such a way that they wereable to make the adjustments to the music that they wanted to make. Mappings thatmimicked familiar actions were preferred.To gain insight into the perception of an audience on the developed music controller,a survey was filled out by 70 participants. They were shown clips of somebody per-forming a song with the controller and were asked to comment on their understanding,preferred configurations and the enjoyability of this performance. The results show thatwhile not every action that the performer made was understood, the participants sawa relationship between the movements and the music and they found the performanceengaging.This research illustrated that it is possible to use movement to perform electronicmusic and that there are people who are willing to watch this. It paves the way forresearchers and musicians to apply similar music controllers to physical live concerts.
Item Type:Essay (Master)
Faculty:EEMCS: Electrical Engineering, Mathematics and Computer Science
Subject:20 art studies, 54 computer science
Programme:Interaction Technology MSc (60030)
Link to this item:http://purl.utwente.nl/essays/88241
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