Running up blueberry hill: Prototyping whole body interaction in harmony space

Simon Holland*, Paul Marshall, Jon Bird, Sheep Dalton, Richard Morris, Nadia Pantidi, Yvonne Rogers, Andy Clark

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Abstract

Musical harmony is considered to be one of the most abstract and technically difficult parts of music. It is generally taught formally via abstract, domain-specific concepts, principles, rules and heuristics. By contrast, when harmony is represented using an existing interactive desktop tool, Harmony Space, a new, parsimonious, but equivalently expressive, unified level of description emerges. This focuses not on abstract concepts, but on concrete locations, objects, areas and trajectories. This paper presents a design study of a prototype version of Harmony Space driven by whole body navigation, and characterizes the new opportunities presented for the principled manipulation of chord sequences and bass lines. These include: deeper engagement and directness; rich physical cues for memory and reflection, embodied engagement with rhythmic time constraints; hands which are free for other simultaneous activities (such as playing a traditional instrument); and qualitatively new possibilities for collaborative use.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 3rd International Conference on Tangible and Embedded Interaction, TEI'09
Pages93-98
Number of pages6
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 21 Sep 2009
Event3rd International Conference on Tangible and Embedded Interaction, TEI'09 - Cambridge, United States
Duration: 16 Feb 200918 Feb 2009

Conference

Conference3rd International Conference on Tangible and Embedded Interaction, TEI'09
CountryUnited States
CityCambridge
Period16/02/0918/02/09

Keywords

  • Embodiment
  • Harmony space
  • Music
  • Whole body interaction

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