This Project's

Research Team



External Collaborators

  • Dr Anders Bouwer
  • Mat Dalgleish
  • Prof Eduardo Miranda
  • Topi Hurtig

Pervasive and Embodied Approaches to Music Interaction

Theme: Music Computing
We are devising and investigating ways to enhance musical activities and learning through the use of pervasive technology and the embodiment of musical structure. Projects we are currently undertaking include: • Analysis of Indian Musicians’ Gestures and Implications for Virtual Music Instrument Design—Analysis of hand gestures made by singers of classical Indian music is used to build a gesture-based virtual music instrument (Stella Paschalidou, Simon Holland, Martin Clayton). • Harmony Space—A spatial representation of musical harmony that has many applications, such as making harmony easier to understand and learn, and providing a template for whole-body interactions with musical harmony (Simon Holland). • Mood Mirror—This project explores brain computer music interface design through iterative prototyping and design. The current prototype, Mood Mirror, uses EEG (electroencephalography) sensors and analysis software to generate harmonic sequences reflecting the user's mood. (Simon Holland, Eduardo Miranda, Fabien Leon). • The Haptic Drum Kit—Four computer-controlled haptic vibrotactile devices, one attached to each wrist and ankle, generate pulses to help a drummer learn to play polyphonic rhythmic patterns (Simon Holland, Anders Bouwer, Mat Dalgleish, Topi Hurtig). • Song Walker Harmony Space—An experienced performer or musical beginner can control, and learn, chord changes by moving their whole body in space (Simon Holland). • Embodied cognition and music interaction design—This project explores ways in which theories of Embodied Cognition and Conceptual Metaphor can be exploited to create new frameworks for the analysis, design and improvement of music interaction software (Katie Wilkie, Simon Holland).