Choreography in the mapping of new instruments

Alon Ilsar, Andrew Johnston

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This paper discusses the use of choreography in mapping sound to movement in the field of new instrument design. Using the analogy of the drum kit player utilising all four limbs in a similar fashion to a dancer, we investigate the notion of mapping movement to prerecorded sound in that order, as opposed to sound mapped to movement. In this way the mapping process becomes a type of 'choreography', where a particular piece of music is learnt to be played as the mapping is determined. We outline three main factors which must be balanced within the mapping process. We present findings from the development of a new gestural interface for electronic percussionists and several collaborations that this interface has been used in.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 2015 ACM SIGCHI Conference on Creativity and Cognition
EditorsEllen Yi-Luen Do
Place of PublicationNew York NY USA
PublisherAssociation for Computing Machinery (ACM)
Number of pages4
ISBN (Electronic)9781450335980
Publication statusPublished - 2015
Externally publishedYes
EventACM Conference on Creativity and Cognition 2015 - Glasgow, United Kingdom
Duration: 22 Jun 201525 Jun 2015


ConferenceACM Conference on Creativity and Cognition 2015
Abbreviated titleC&C'15
Country/TerritoryUnited Kingdom
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  • Choreography
  • Mapping
  • New Instrument Design
  • Percussion

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