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13 September 2007

Talk on body-based interaction and music

Location: Maths and Computing seminar room (M308)
Speaker(s): Danielle Wilde and Ross Bencina

Danielle Wilde is a doctoral candidate at Monash University Art and Design and CSIRO Textile and Fibre Technology, Australia. She is investigating the role of a poetic approach in the design and use of interactive body-centric elements and systems, with a direct focus on how interactive technology in, on and around the body might be used to poeticise experience. The related projects aim to incite people to move and extend themselves physically, while they celebrate the idiosyncratic nature of relationships to the body. Danielle will present recent research which focuses on sound, especially the hipDisk - an interface that physically extends and augments the body with musical capabilities so as to inspire people to move their hips and torso; and gesture?sound experiments undertaken recently with Ross Bencina and Somaya Langley at STEIM, Amsterdam - initial explorations into how one might successfully mesh gestural/physical and sonic composition. The aim of the gesture?sound work, in particular, is to develop systems that support a kind of kinaesthetic-auditory synaesthesia, where human body motion is mapped into sound in such a way that sound production becomes an inherent and unavoidable consequence of moving the body. Ross and Danielle will discuss and demonstrate the work to date, including their use of the Nintendo Wii-mote as a prototyping tool.

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Danielle Wilde has an MA in Interaction Design from the Royal College of Art in London and a large body of work encompassing wearable interactive interfaces, performance, installation, still and moving image, design for theatre and architecture, and interaction design. Past work includes conceiving and creating the Periscope for the Equator IRC's Ambient Wood Project at the Interact Lab at Sussex University, and consulting for MediaLab Europe's Everyday Learning Project, and for Equator IRC's Ambient Wood II (for the SoundHorn).

Ross Bencina is a composer, performer, software developer and digital instrument maker, with a strong interest in improvised electro acoustic music. He has performed solo and with collaborators around Australia and internationally. Since 2002, Ross and fellow composers Steve Adam and Tim Kreger have performed together as Simulus, an improvising electro acoustic ensemble. Ross is the creator of AudioMulch interactive music studio - software for electronic music performance. He is the founding developer of PortAudio, open source foundation software for real-time audio applications. In 2004 and 2005 Ross was a visiting researcher at the Music Technology Group, Pompeu Fabra University in Barcelona, where he contributed to the design and development of audio transformation technologies and musical instruments including the reacTable. Ross is the director of Sonic Fritter Pty. Ltd., which sells AudioMulch and provides software development and consulting services for audio-related applications. Ross is currently an honourary fellow of the Center for New Media Art at The Australian National University, Canberra, where he is investigating performance techniques which engage with audience personal communication devices.