Lunchtime Talk
Fri 12 Mar 13:00-14:00 at YouTube Live

Composing Movement

For this talk we are joined by Tom Mitchell associate professor at UWE Bristol, co-founder of MiMU Gloves & Bristol & Bath Creative R&D Fellow, where he is exploring low-cost motion-capture for music interaction.

Credit: Nathan Gallagher

Credit: Nathan Gallagher


Tom Mitchell

Tom Mitchell is a computer scientist, researcher and electronic musician lecturing computer music at the University of the West of England, Bristol.

This Lunchtime Talk will be broadcast live on Watershed's YouTube channel.

The body movements that are used to play music are typically linked and constrained by the physical structure of the instruments or interfaces that we play. However, when we use motion-tracking systems to control music, any movement can be used to control any sound. This raises a challenging question: if anything is possible, what are the right movements for performing music? Tom has been grappling with this question in his research for some time and doing a better job at coming up with answers with his collaborators at MiMU - who develop data gloves and software for making music with movement.

In this talk, Tom will summarise the history of gestural music interaction along with some relevant theories and ideas. He will discuss the MiMU Gloves, the Glover software and will also discuss some of the new technologies that he has been exploring on his expanded performance fellowship. A key focus will be end-user mapping: where musicians design the actions with which they can perform their music to become the creators their own unique gestural music systems.

Join us on Fri 12th March, 13:00-14:00 for the talk and to take part in the discussion afterwards.

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