Bridging abstract sound and dance ideas with technology: interactive dance composition as practice-based research

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In this paper, I review recent interactive music and dance collaborations and discuss my composition interest in mapping sound to bodily movement in the field of computer music. I argue that the engineering perspective of this field of research should be broadened to include, in particular, creative composition processes in collaboration with professionally trained contemporary dancers. I then introduce my investigation into using the Gametrak controller to create choregraphic stimuli via the choreographic methods of the contemporary dance choreographers William Forsythe and Wayne McGregor, and set up a compositional model based on that proposed by the composer Simon Emmerson. Finally, I demonstrate how my research is articulated through a presentation of my original works.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication4th International Conference on Live Interfaces
Subtitle of host publicationInspiration, Performance, Emancipation
EditorsJosé Alberto Gomes, Miguel Carvalhais, Rui Penha
Place of PublicationPorto, Portugal
PublisherUniversidade do Porto
Number of pages13
ISBN (Print)9789897461705
Publication statusPublished - 2018
Externally publishedYes
Event4th International Conference on Live Interfaces: Inspiration, Performance, Emancipation - Casa da Música & Passos Manuel, Porto, Portugal
Duration: 14 Jun 201816 Jun 2018
Conference number: 4th


Conference4th International Conference on Live Interfaces
Abbreviated titleICLI 2018
Internet address


  • Interactive dance
  • Composition
  • Practice-based research
  • Methodology
  • Gametrak
  • Restriction


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