Prototyping Whole Body Navigation of Musical Harmony

Holland, Simon; Marshall, Paul; Bird, Jonathan and Rogers, Yvonne (2009). Prototyping Whole Body Navigation of Musical Harmony. In: Whole Body Interaction 2009 (SIGCHI), 5 Apr 2009, Boston, Mass, USA.


We present a Wizard-of-Oz study where we explored the design requirements needed to transform an existing desktop music application to a system using whole body interaction. The desktop tool used is called Harmony Space. It is grounded in two well-established theories of music cognition and perception providing a parsimonious, unified, and expressive graphical representation of musical harmonic relationships. This level of description focuses on objects, locations, shapes, centres, moveable ‘allowed’ and ‘forbidden’ areas, trajectories and motions in space, to be navigated while meeting rhythmically-felt, layered, time constraints. This approach makes it possible to characterise such disparate concepts as scales, chords, triads, tonal centres, chord sequences, bass lines, harmonic progressions, modes and modulations, using a single, consistent, parsimonious extended spatial metaphor.

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