Non-tactile gestural control in musical performance

Mary Mainsbridge*

*Corresponding author for this work

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This paper outlines the development and application of Gestate, a prototype non-tactile gestural system intended for the augmentation of vocal and piano performance. Influenced by embodied and experiential mapping approaches, the design builds on a performer's existing movement language and patterns by mapping ancillary movements to digital signal processing and virtual instrument parameters. The mapping strategies employed in the Gestate system address the absence of haptic feedback inherent in non-tactile interfaces by providing additional cues for the performer in the form of visual feedback. Reflections on the prototyping process and subsequent performances provide insights into the experience of integrating gestural technologies in contemporary performance practice.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationMOCO 2014 - Proceedings of the 1st International Workshop on Movement and Computing: Intersecting Art, Meaning, Cognition, Technology
Place of PublicationNew York
PublisherAssociation for Computing Machinery
Number of pages4
ISBN (Print)9781450328142
Publication statusPublished - 2014
Externally publishedYes
Event1st International Workshop on Movement and Computing, MOCO 2014 - Paris, France
Duration: 16 Jun 201417 Jun 2014


Other1st International Workshop on Movement and Computing, MOCO 2014


  • Augmented instruments
  • Gestural control
  • Improvisation
  • Interactive performance
  • Nontactile controllers
  • Vocal enhancement


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