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We present our work on the development of a device by which a dancer may wirelessly transmit bodily motion to a MIDI-capable device or computer in order to produce or alter sound, creating music that is immediately integrated with and inseparable from the dance.
To begin we briefly consider the history of movement mapping and dance notation. Moving into more recent history, we then present the technology employed (Arduino).
An accelerometer measures the motion. The x/y/z components are scaled and inserted into a MIDI message, which is then transmitted to a receiver and can be interpreted by any MIDI device. The motions can be mapped to parameters such as filters, pitch, etc., allowing the dancer to affect any sound that can be created electronically.
Several short vignettes will be used to demonstrate the device, followed by a three-minute piece showing the techniques working together as a whole.