ct 20(23): e3

Research Article

From the Body with the Body: Performing with a Genome-Based Musical Instrument

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  • @ARTICLE{10.4108/eai.13-7-2018.163993,
        author={Francesco Ardan Dal R\'{\i} and Raul Masu and Mauro Graziani and Marco Roncador},
        title={From the Body with the Body: Performing with a Genome-Based Musical Instrument},
        journal={EAI Endorsed Transactions on Creative Technologies},
        keywords={human genome, interaction design, Digital Musical Instrument},
  • Francesco Ardan Dal Rì
    Raul Masu
    Mauro Graziani
    Marco Roncador
    Year: 2020
    From the Body with the Body: Performing with a Genome-Based Musical Instrument
    DOI: 10.4108/eai.13-7-2018.163993
Francesco Ardan Dal Rì1,*, Raul Masu2, Mauro Graziani1, Marco Roncador3
  • 1: Conservatorio F. A. Bonporti, Trento, Italy
  • 2: ITI/LARSyS and NOVA University of Lisbon/FCT, Portugal
  • 3: Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, Boston, Massachusetts, USA
*Contact email: ardan.exp@gmail.com


INTRODUCTION: In this paper we present Silico, a new Digital Musical Instrument which ideally represents the performer itself. This instrument is composed by two parts: an interface (a sensor glove), which relies on the movements of the performer’s hand, and a computational engine (a set of patches developed in Max 7), which generates sound events based on the genomic data of the performer.

OBJECTIVES: We want to propose a new reflection on the relation between the body and musical instruments. Moreover, we aim to investigate the voluntary and involuntary aspects of our body, intended as a starting point for a musical performance. As a metaphor of these two layers, we used here the hand and the genome of the performer.

METHODS: We have investigated our objectives through the whole design process of a Digital Musical Instrument, using a practice-based approach.

RESULTS: Our system is a multilayered composed instrument which maps its computational part and its interface on the performer’s body. Silico can be used as a standalone musical instrument to generate music in real time.

CONCLUSION: Our works shows a new path about the use of genomic data in a musical way, as a new perspective of human-computer interaction in a performative contexts.