Authors: Gustavo Ostos Rios; Mathias Funk; Bart Hengeveld
Addresses: Department of Industrial Design, Eindhoven University of Technology, Eindhoven, The Netherlands ' Department of Industrial Design, Eindhoven University of Technology, Eindhoven, The Netherlands ' Department of Industrial Design, Eindhoven University of Technology, Eindhoven, The Netherlands
Abstract: During improvisation, musicians express themselves through live music. This project looks at the relationship between musicians during music improvisation, the processes of expression and communication taking place during performance and possible ways to use musicians' emotions, to influence a digital instrument - and in consequence improvisation. To illustrate this, a three-layer model is described studying the relationship between band members and the audience as a system, where emotions, expressivity and generation of sound give shape to improvisation. Focus is applied specifically on how individual emotional arousal can be used as input to control as a group a musical instrument: EMjam. The instrument is illustrated, describing the design and implementation as well as the evaluation of it, to subsequently discuss the results.
Keywords: music improvisation; composition; digital instruments; performance; musician emotions; emotional arousal; expressivity; electrodermal activity; EDA; skin conductivity; group improvisation; musician jamming; sound generation.
International Journal of Arts and Technology, 2016 Vol.9 No.4, pp.320 - 345
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