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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