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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 federico.visi@plymouth.ac.uk for registration.

Motion and Music Workshop:

Processing and performing gesture motifs for computer music


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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.

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