Digital Culture Speaker Series: Movement-Sound Interaction and Networked Music
Abstract: Frederic Bevilacqua will present projects of the research team Sound Music Movement Interaction from IRCAM in Paris. Our research themes concern embodied music interaction and collective interaction, with applications from music performance to sound-aided rehabilitation. Various approaches to design movement-sound interaction will be described, and in particular notions of “gesture design.” For this, hardware and software tools such as the R-IoT, a WiFi motion interface, or the MuBu Max package were developed, enabling interactive machine learning and corpus-based concatenate synthesis (CataRT). Another important part of the current development concerns the use of web-based technologies, used with smartphones, to create various paradigms of collective interaction. The team currently explores applications from collective listening to concerts with audience participation.
Bio: Frederic Bevilacqua is the head of the Sound Music Movement Interaction team at IRCAM in Paris (part of the joint research lab Science & Technology for Music and Sound – IRCAM – CNRS – Sorbonne University). His research concerns the design of interaction between movement and sound, and the development of gesture-based interactive systems.He holds a master degree in physics and a PhD in biomedical optics from EPFL in Switzerland.
He also studied music at the Berklee College of Music in Boston and has participated in several music and media arts projects. From 1999 to 2003 he was a researcher at the University of California Irvine. In 2003, he joined IRCAM as a researcher on gesture analysis for music and performing arts. He co-authored more than 150 scientific publications and co-authored 5 patents. His research projects and installations were presented internationally, including the Pompidou Center, MoMA (USA), ZKM (Germany), EMPAC (USA), YCAM (Japan).
He was keynote or invited speaker at several international conferences such as the ACM TEI’13. He is the co-founder of the conference Movement and Computing. As the coordinator of the “Interlude project,” he was awarded in 2011 the first prize of the Guthman Musical Instrument Competition (Georgia Tech) and received the "Digital Award" from the French National Research Agency (category Societal Impact, 2013). https://ismm.ircam.fr/