Magnetic Springs

musical performance for telechord and spring interface

Mary Mainsbridge*

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Abstract

Magnetic Springs is a musical performance that investigates links between the tangible and intangible through virtual and physical artist-designed instruments that transform human actions into sonic and visual form. It features the Telechord, a digital polyphonic theremin controlled by whole body movement, and a magnetic spring interface constructed of steel compression springs attached to contact microphones. Both systems are designed to encourage play, improvisation and self-Awareness through the body. Embodied sketching methods influence the development of novel choreographies and exploration of sound-movement relationships. The processes foster kinaesthetic skills while refining the movement nuances of the performer. They attune the performer to the slightest shifts in posture in relation to pitch, rhythm and reverberation, refining the auditory, kinaesthetic and visual senses simultaneously. The work embraces the potential of conscious embodied engagement in performance to promote self-reflection and idea generation.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationTEI '20 - Proceedings of the 14th International Conference on Tangible, Embedded, and Embodied Interaction
Place of PublicationNew York
PublisherAssociation for Computing Machinery (ACM)
Pages703-708
Number of pages6
ISBN (Electronic)9781450361071
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 6 Feb 2020
EventInternational Conference on Tangible, Embedded, and Embodied Interaction (14th : 2020) - Sydney, Australia
Duration: 9 Feb 202012 Feb 2020

Conference

ConferenceInternational Conference on Tangible, Embedded, and Embodied Interaction (14th : 2020)
Abbreviated titleTEI 2020
CountryAustralia
CitySydney
Period9/02/2012/02/20

Keywords

  • Contact Microphones
  • Digital Musical Instrument (DMI)
  • Embodied and Vocal Sketching
  • Gesture
  • Movement Improvisation
  • Physical Modelling
  • Soma-based Design.

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    Mainsbridge, M. (2020). Magnetic Springs: musical performance for telechord and spring interface. In TEI '20 - Proceedings of the 14th International Conference on Tangible, Embedded, and Embodied Interaction (pp. 703-708). New York: Association for Computing Machinery (ACM). https://doi.org/10.1145/3374920.3375294