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The Experiential Music Lab is a research group founded in 2011 by Antonella De Angeli, Fabio Morreale and Raul Masu from of the Department of Information Engineering and Computer Science (DISI), at the University of Trento - Italy. The mission of the group is to research an develop new way of interfacing music with the help of technology.

New experiences of musical creativity. For everybody.

PROJECTS

  • The Music Room is an interactive installation designed with the aim of allowing everybody to experience musical creativity. Couples entering The Music Room can compose original piano music by moving throughout the space. The metaphor of emotion mediates the interaction between people’s behaviour and an algorithmic composer. Specifically, the distance between people and their average speed map the emotionality of music: distance influences the pleasantness of the music, while speed influences the intensity. A vision tracking system acquires this proxemics information, which is then converted into emotional cues and finally passed to the music engine (Fig 1). The music is composed in real time by Robin, an algorithmic composer that generates tonal classical music [9]. The algorithmic nature of the composition, combined with the two parameters of interaction (i.e. distance and speed), allows for a broad range of original musical combinations and requires no musical expertise.

    Related Publications

    The Music Room Morreale, F., Masu, R., De Angeli, A., Rota, P. (2013). CHI ’13 Extended Abstracts on Human Factors in Computing Systems [LINK]

    Collaborative Creativity: The Music Room Morreale, F., De Angeli, A., Masu, R., Rota, P., Conci, N. (2013). Personal and Ubiquitous Computing, 1-13 [LINK]

    Observations on visitors’ behaviour in The Music Room Morreale, F., De Angeli, A., O’Modhrain, S. (2014). Practice-Based Research Workshop at NIME 2014 [LINK]

    Prototyping interactive lighting for a musical installation Morreale, F., Chietera, M.T., De Angeli, A. (2014). Proc. of Experiencing Light ’14 [LINK]
     

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  • Robin is an algorithmic composer specifically designed for interactive situations. Users can interact in real time with the algorithmic composition by means of control strategies based on emotions. This study aims at providing a system for automatic music generation to be applied to interactive systems for music creation targeted at non-musicians. Robin adopts a rule- based approach to compose original tonal music in classical piano style. The first practical application of Robin is The Music Room, an interactive installation which enables people to compose tonal music in pairs by communicating emotion expressed by moving throughout a room.

    Related Publications

    Robin: An Algorithmic Composer For Interactive Scenarios Morreale, F., Masu, R., De Angeli, A. (2013). Proc. of Sound and Music Computing Conference 2013, SMC 2013 [PDF]

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  • TwitterRadio is an interactive installation designed to explore the social world of Twitter through music. The idea behind this project is to access the musical domain to display information about the latest trends and news. The system automatically generates tonal compositions that are supposed to match the emotional contents of the tweets, as well as their frequency. TwitterRadio, being an audio-only interactive system, offers more passive enjoyment compared to traditional Interactivity demos. However, the interaction with TwitterRadio can span across a couple of levels, according to their involvement degree. Visitors can limit themselves to listening to the generated music and experience the tweets mood, or enter new hashtags.

    Related Publications

    TwitterRadio: Translating Tweets into Music  Morreale, F., Miniukovich, A., De Angeli, A. (2014). CHI ’14 Extended Abstracts on Human Factors in Computing Systems [LINK]

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AVAILABLE THESES

Reconsidering the role of the audience in new musical expressions

This thesis is situated in a research line aiming at rethinking music making and listening with new technologies. Novel interfaces for music performance are making this activity more affordable, simple and intuitive. The performance is no longer controlled on a note-to-note level: the musician operates on higher-level musical structures. However, this shift is changing the relation with the audience, which is often given no clear ways to understand the performance. The student will start investigating the audience reaction during live events involving new devices, will propose possible design solutions to increase the perception of the audience using multi-sensorial feedbacks, and will develop a working prototype. Given the size of the project, the possibility of being taken forward by two students can be discussed.

Designing a new interactive system for children

This thesis is part of Inf@nzia Digi.TALES 3.6, a national project about reconsidering the role of technology in ludic and learning activities for children from 3 to 6. We are currently developing new interactive experiences to foster children creativity and to introduce them to music listening. After reviewing existing pedagogical approaches, the student will design and prototype a new interface for ludic activities for children. The specific objective will be discussed with the student, who will either develop an ad-hoc tangible device (using for instance and Arduino controller), or a tablet application. This decision will be partially influenced by the candidates’ programming competences.

 

 

PUBLICATIONS

2014

Prototyping interactive lighting for a musical installation Morreale, F., Chietera, M.T., De Angeli, A. (2014). Proc. of Experiencing Light ’14

Interacting With Algorithmic Music Through Semantic Descriptors Morreale, F., Masu, R., De Angeli, A. (2014). Proc. of International Workshop on Computer and Robotic Systems for Automatic Music Performance at IAS 13

Observations on visitors’ behaviour in The Music Room Morreale, F., De Angeli, A., O’Modhrain, S. (2014). Practice-Based Research Workshop at NIME 2014

Musical Interface Design: An Experience-oriented Framework  Morreale, F., De Angeli, A., O’Modhrain, S. (2014). Proc. of NIME 2014

TwitterRadio: Translating Tweets into Music  Morreale, F., Miniukovich, A., De Angeli, A. (2014). CHI ’14 Extended Abstracts on Human Factors in Computing Systems [LINK]

Collaborative Creativity: The Music Room Morreale, F., De Angeli, A., Masu, R., Rota, P., Conci, N. (2013). Personal and Ubiquitous Computing, 1-13 [LINK]

2013

Robin: An Algorithmic Composer For Interactive Scenarios Morreale, F., Masu, R., De Angeli, A. (2013). SMC ’13 [LINK]

The Music Room Morreale, F., Masu, R., De Angeli, A., Rota, P. (2013). CHI ’13 Extended Abstracts on Human Factors in Computing Systems [LINK]

The effect of expertise in evaluating emotions in music  Morreale, F., Masu, R., De Angeli, A., Fava, P. (2013). To be presented at the 3rd International Conference On Music & Emotion.[LINK]

2012

Interfaces for Musical Creativity for Non-Experts Morreale, F., De Angeli, A., Masu, R. (2012). Workshop of DIS 2012. [PDF]

EVENTS

CHItaly 2013 demo [Trento, Italy]

For the 10th Edition of CHItaly, the biannual Conference of the Italian SIGCHI Chapter, we will present two demos: The Music Room and TwitterRadio