Paper accepted for upcoming NIME 2021 Conference

Enrique Tomás will present his paper “Embodied Gestures: Sculpting Energy-Motion Models into Musical Interfaces” at the upcoming the 21st conference NIME -New Interfaces for Musical Expression-. It will be held on June 15–18, 2021 in a worldwide format (both online and at NYU Shanghai).

“In this paper we discuss the beneficial aspects of incorporating energy-motion models as a design pattern in musical interface design. These models can be understood as archetypes of motion trajectories which are commonly applied in the analysis and composition of acousmatic music. With the aim of exploring a new possible paradigm for interface design, our research builds on the parallel investigation of embodied music cognition theory and the praxis of acousmatic music. After having run a large study for understanding a listener’s spontaneous rendering of form and movement, we built a number of digital instruments especially designed to emphasise a particular energy-motion profile. The evaluation through composition and performance indicates that this design paradigm can foster musical inventiveness and expression in the processes of composition and performance of gestural electronic music.

Steel Girls performing the embodied gestures instruments (Wien, October 2020)