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Running up Blueberry Hill: prototyping whole body interaction in Harmony Space

Holland, S; Marshall, P; Bird, J; Dalton, SN; Morris, R; Pantidi, N; ... Clark, A; + view all (2009) Running up Blueberry Hill: prototyping whole body interaction in Harmony Space. In: TEI '09 Proceedings of the 3rd International Conference on Tangible and Embedded Interaction. (pp. 93 - 98). ACM

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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.

Type:Proceedings paper
Title:Running up Blueberry Hill: prototyping whole body interaction in Harmony Space
DOI:10.1145/1517664.1517690
Publisher version:http://dl.acm.org/citation.cfm?id=1517664.1517690
UCL classification:UCL > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Brain Sciences > Psychology and Language Sciences (Division of) > UCL Interaction Centre
UCL > School of BEAMS > Faculty of Engineering Science > Computer Science

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