Designing for Musical Bodies : An Exploration of the Musician–Instrument Relationship

Detta är en Master-uppsats från KTH/Skolan för elektroteknik och datavetenskap (EECS)

Sammanfattning: Drawing on phenomenology and the theory of embodied music cognition, and the idea that music is movement and the way we experience music is related to movement and to our bodies, the design and conception of a musical instrument is carried out through a soma design process, with the non-dualistic body at center. In addition to the use of design fiction as a means to imagine new design possibilities, practical somaesthetics are a part of the design process through the bodily practices of Dalcroze eurhythmics and instrument defamiliarisation. These continuous bodily practices provide space for explorations of musical, aesthetic sensitivities and contribute to the designer's attuning to their own body and discoveries of musical sensitivities therein. The experiential qualities of music--movement related rhythm and repetition are identified, and reflected in the design of the musical instrument. While interacting with the instrument does not necessarily provide direct immersion into those experiential qualities, nor an intimate musician--instrument relationship, it might however, open up a fertile breeding ground for new design directions and make space for new experiences. The design process itself, leading up to the instrument, was a great contribution to making room for exploring interactions with the body, movement and music.  

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