Dissertação de mestrado em Comunicação, Arte e Cultura; De acordo com o Manifesto das Sete Artes e Estética da Sétima Arte, a Música ocupa o
quarto lugar na breve lista proposta por Ricciotto Canudo, em 1911. Ora, à semelhança de
qualquer outra forma de expressão artística, também a música nasceu para mudar o mundo.
Não só o mundo dos que a criam, mas o de todos nós, que a ouvimos e que com ela rimos e
choramos, vibramos e suplicamos, crescemos, amadurecemos e com ela envelhecemos.
A música é toda ela salpicada por diferentes culturas, distintos ritmos e sonoridades
díspares, que se cruzam e se tocam em algum ponto. E é nessa desigualdade, que vive a beleza
da harmonia musical. A mim toca-me o Rock. Digo “toca-me”, porque o meu coração ressaltase,
os meus ouvidos expandem-se, a minha pele arrepia-se.
À semelhança de outras formas de expressão artística, O Rock surgiu, igualmente, para
deixar uma marca bem carregada no mundo em que vivemos. E, como nós vivemos em
Portugal, por que não explorar o fenómeno do Rock nacional? Por que não debruçar-me sobre a
chegada, o desenvolvimento e a consolidação desta cultura, no nosso país? Por que não analisar
as suas repercussões, marcas, transformações e inovações...
Currently, musical composition is considered to be a high-level skill that is inaccessible to young children. There is a "high floor" for children who want to create a piece of music because they must learn a way of recording and remembering the notes, their sequence, etc, such as musical notation. Our project explores tangible designs that will make music composition simple to learn and practice while also building an intuition about complex musical concepts. Three original designs of tangible interfaces for musical composition are introduced and the merits and limitations of each are explored using non-functional form models. Audio processing is performed on a peripheral computer running an audio program written specifically for each system. A "Wizard of Oz" approach was used to study user interactions with each design. Music Blocks are designed to be physical representations of inherently intangible musical notes. Each block represents a single note, and the user can modify its pitch and duration by changing the physical shape of the block. They resemble wooden building blocks and suggest the parallels between building structures and the organization of musical compositions and its melody. The Music Glove introduced the idea of using a sound recording instead of a musical note as the musical unit in a composition. This introduced rich ideas about nesting and recursion. At the same time the glove interface highlights the role of personal expression...
peer-reviewed; A live performance using novel technologies is a highly complex system
in which anthropological, sociological, psychological, musicological
and technical issues are heavily involved. The New Interfaces
for Musical Expression (NIME) community has presented a new approach
to music performance often heavily technologically mediated
while outputting a great deal of new digital instruments since 2001.
Within this broad research field, important issues such as hardware
interface design, mapping strategies, skilled performance and compositional
approaches have been considered. Many NIME practitioners
have explored the development of `gestural controllers' in the hope of
achieving natural and intimate interaction while also designing clear
interactions between performer's gesture and sound from an audience
perspective. This thesis expands on this notion through the consideration
of the possibilities for enhancing the audience engagement and
understanding of the underlaying structures and mechanics of the live
To this end, a newly developed data glove named Pointing-at is developed.
A number of live performances in which the data glove is used
are presented and discussed. The analysis of both the theoretical and
practical elements of the research formed the basis for the development
of an approach to the design of nuanced gestural performative
actions that are both visually and sonically legible to audience members.
In that regard...