Soma-based nonphysical instrument design in electronic music performance

Mary Mainsbridge*

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Attention to the role of the body and bodily awareness in humancomputer interaction is increasing. Broader availability of cost-effective motion sensors in mobile and gaming applications has prompted a shift to body-centered design methods. This article examines the relevance of embodied sketching activities drawn from soma-based and sonic interaction design to digital musical instrument (DMI) development. It focuses specifically on the Telechord, a novel motion-controlled system that promotes methods for exploring connections between movement and sound. By emphasizing the felt aspects of movement-based design and performance, this approach places performer experience at the forefront, complementing technical efforts to enhance nuance and coherence in current DMI design research.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)393-397
Number of pages5
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 9 Aug 2021

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  • whole body movement
  • soma-based design
  • sonic interaction design
  • embodied sketching
  • vocal sketching
  • digital musical instrument (DMI) design


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