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Thursday, July 3 • 16:30 - 17:30
Andante: Walking Figures on the Piano Keyboard to Visualize Musical Motion

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Andante: Walking Figures on the Piano Keyboard to Visualize Musical Motion
Xiao Xiao, Basheer Tome, Hiroshi Ishii
MIT Media Lab

Short Paper

We present Andante, a representation of music as animated characters walking along the piano keyboard that appear to play the physical keys with each step. Based on a view of music pedagogy that emphasizes expressive, full-body communication early in the learning process, Andante promotes an understanding of the music rooted in the body, taking advantage of walking as one of the most fundamental human rhythms. We describe three example visualizations on a preliminary prototype as well as applications extending our examples for practice feedback, improvisation and com- position. Through our project, we reflect on some high level considerations for the NIME community.


Hiroshi Ishii

Associate Director, MIT Media Lab
Where the sea meets the land, life has blossomed into a myriad of unique forms in the turbulence of water, sand, and wind. At another seashore between the land of atoms and the sea of bits, we are now facing the challenge of reconciling our dual citizenships in the physical and digital worlds. Windows to the digital world are confined to flat square screens and pixels, or "painted bits." Unfortunately, one can not feel and confirm the virtual... Read More →

Thursday July 3, 2014 16:30 - 17:30
New Academic Building: LG02

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