Document Type

Thesis

Degree

Master of Music (MM)

Department

Music

First Advisor's Name

Jacob Sudol

First Advisor's Committee Title

Committee Chair

Second Advisor's Name

Joel Galand

Third Advisor's Name

Jacek Kolasinski

Fourth Advisor's Name

Paula Matthusen

Keywords

Music Technology, Generative Music, Biofeedback Music, iOS, Programming, Daniel Lepervanche

Date of Defense

5-21-2013

Abstract

iGrooving is a generative music mobile application specifically designed for runners. The application’s foundation is a step-counter that is programmed using the iPhone’s built-in accelerometer. The runner’s steps generate the tempo of the performance by mapping each step to trigger a kick-drum sound file. Additionally, different sound files are triggered at specific step counts to generate the musical performance, allowing the runner a level of compositional autonomy. The sonic elements are chosen to promote a meditative aspect of running. iGrooving is conceived as a biofeedback-stimulated musical instrument and an environment for creating generative music processes with everyday technologies, inspiring us to rethink our everyday notions of musical performance as a shared experience. Isolation, dynamic changes, and music generation are detailed to show how iGrooving facilitates novel methods for music composition, performance and audience participation.

Identifier

FI13080519

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