The Motion and Music Workshop will take place at Plymouth University, Plymouth, UK, on 15 June 2015. It will be a satellite event of the 11th International Symposium on Computer Music Multidisciplinary Research - CMMR 2015: Music, Mind, and Embodiment, which will be held at Plymouth University on 16-19 June 2015. Attendance to both events is strongly encouraged. The workshop is free but places are limited, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org for registration.
We are witnessing an exciting age where greater access to technologies allows for more physical interaction with sound and visual data. With this, there is a growing need for more expressive multimodal experiences. The human gestures in dance, music performance, sports or even trivial activities contain expressive patterns that are intrinsically rich. Our gestures are naturally developed in life both as a signature of the motor strategies of an individual and as a product of the history of our experiences. In this workshop, we apply the expressivity of body motion to music and computer interaction. Participants will be introduced to feature manipulation tools and techniques that allow the selection, management and extraction of gesture features from datasets of recordings and realtime motion capture. The characteristic qualities of gestural features will be discussed and mapped using different strategies to music synthesis, music sequencing, interactive systems and computer art. The workshop will be based around Optitrack and Kinect systems. The software libraries used in the workshop include the Mocap Toolbox for Matlab and Topos Library for Pure Data. At the end of the workshop participants will be able to manipulate recordings and sequences of gesture actions, extract and use movement features as an abstract design process and map these features to sound and music applications.
The workshop will be held in a studio room at Plymouth University equipped with a Natural Point Optitrack motion capture system and various Microsoft Kinect cameras. Attendees interested in testing real-time features are encouraged to bring their own motion capture system (Kinect or others). This should be discussed with the organisers in advance.
The Topos library builds on the lineage of topological methods. It transforms information coded in a imposed coordinate system and metrics (e.g.: x, y and z coordinates) into a new data structure that is independent from the cartesian coordinate system. This data structure provides a number of high level features such as the detection of proximity relationships to other movements and point clouds, magnitude of the use of space (represented by the volume), and orientation. As well as its possible relevance to analytical studies on dance and musical movement it is also suitable for realtime applications.
The Topos library is implemented as a toolkit of abstractions for Pure Data. The abstractions or objects in the library are Pure Data’s high level “functions” built in the form of graphical objects that are connected with each other by means of graphic or symbolic links (lines, send and receive objects/messages). The library uses codes and 3rd part objects from several other pd-extended libraries such as the GEM, Mtl, iem tab and zexy. The library is available for free download.
The workshop is free but places are limited, please contact email@example.com for questions and registration.
For more information about CMMR conference registration, venue, travel and accommodation, please refer to the information on the CMMR 2015 website.
The workshop will be held at Plymouth University, on the main city centre campus. Further details will be released soon. Please see the map below for the campus location.