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Interactive Music Installation: Raising awareness about the lack of diversity at music festivals

Scholz, C. (2023) Interactive Music Installation: Raising awareness about the lack of diversity at music festivals.

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Abstract:This study started with an idea given by the artist André Kodde to create a video-controlled interactive music installation that turns its users into music notes. The inspiration was to address the lack of diversity at music festivals as music festivals significantly discriminate against non-white, non-male artists and visitors. Background research was done on technology, typical interaction types and music mappings of existing music installations and the context-specific requirements of a music festival. Multiple prototypes were developed to crystallize the most suitable technology and interaction types for the context. In the final installation, the user can draw notes on a music score with their head to create different music tracks. The camera image is analysed with a face detection algorithm and the music score is visualized on a big screen using python with the libraries MediaPipe and OpenCV. Additionally, Ableton is used for music and LoopMIDI for the communication between Python and Ableton. The second prototype and the final installation were tested at a Maker festival and in a hallway testing respectively to gain insight into the usability, the user experience and the perceived control over the music. The interaction was found to be intuitive especially if the users first observed someone else interacting with the installation. The installation was categorized rather as an experience than an instrument because of the lack of physical feedback and because users are using their bodies as the main input. The limitations of this study lie mostly in the fact that it has not been tested and worked out with actors from the artist that would create a show around the installation and thus address the topic of diversity by limiting what type of music each user can make. The result of this project can however be a starting point for the artist to develop the installation further by adapting the music and visualizations and working out the show around the installation.
Item Type:Essay (Bachelor)
FirmaKodde, Netherlands
Faculty:EEMCS: Electrical Engineering, Mathematics and Computer Science
Subject:21 art forms, 54 computer science
Programme:Creative Technology BSc (50447)
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