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MICRO - Human Bodily Micromotion in Music Perception and Interaction

How and why does music make us move? This project will investigate how music influences what we may call micromotion, such as the tiny motion observed when people try to stand still.

About the project

This project seeks to investigate the close couplings between musical sound and human bodily micromotion.

Micromotion is here used to describe the smallest motion that we are able to produce and experience, typically at a rate smaller than 10 mm/s.

The last decades have seen an increased focus on the role of the human body in both the performance and the perception of music. Up to now, however, the micro-level of these experiences has received little attention.

This project will investigate music-related micromotion of people experiencing music (perceivers), with an aim of contributing to:

  • knowledge about how musical sound influences human motion at the micro-level. This will be based on literature studies, theoretical modelling, and a longitudinal observational study as well as three large-scale experiments of sound-motion relationships.
  • a large, annotated and metadata-rich database of the micromotion recordings mentioned above. The database will be central to the current project, and will also be made available for future research in the field. 
  • conceptual models and software tools for using micromotion to control musical sound in computer-based systems. Such musical microinteraction can be used for music performance or production, or for "active listening".

The project will be based on recent theories of embodied music cognition, combining musical phenomenology with new models from cognitive neuroscience.

Methodologically, the project will span widely, from introspection and discussion in small groups to statistical analysis of motion capture recordings and development of new interactive music systems.

 

Publications

  • Alexander Refsum Jensenius (2018). Methods for Studying Music-Related Body Motion, In Rolf Bader (ed.),  Springer Handbook of Systematic Musicology.  Springer Nature.  ISBN 978-3-662-55002-1.  38.  s 805 - 818
  • Alexander Refsum Jensenius (2017). Expert Commentary: Pushing The Sensor Boundaries In Digital Musical Instruments, In Alexander Refsum Jensenius & Michael J. Lyons (ed.),  A NIME Reader: Fifteen Years of New Interfaces for Musical Expression.  Springer Science+Business Media B.V..  ISBN 978-3-319-47213-3.  Expert Commentary.  s 402 - 403
  • Alexander Refsum Jensenius (2017). Exploring music-related micromotion, In Clemens Wöllner (ed.),  Body, Sound and Space in Music and Beyond: Multimodal Explorations.  Routledge.  ISBN 9781472485403.  Chapter.
  • Alexander Refsum Jensenius (2017). Sonic Microinteraction in "the Air", In Pieter-Jan Maes; Micheline Lesaffre & Marc Leman (ed.),  The Routledge Companion to Embodied Music Interaction.  Routledge.  ISBN 9781138657403.  46.
  • Alexander Refsum Jensenius; Victor Evaristo Gonzalez Sanchez; Agata Zelechowska & Kari Anne Vadstensvik Bjerkestrand (2017). Exploring the Myo controller for sonic microinteraction, In Cumhur Erkut (ed.),  Proceedings of the International Conference on New Interfaces for Musical Expression.  Aalborg University Copenhagen.  KAPITTEL.  s 442 - 445
  • Alexander Refsum Jensenius; Agata Zelechowska & Victor Evaristo Gonzalez Sanchez (2017). The Musical Influence on People's Micromotion when Standing Still in Groups, In Jukka Pätynen; Vesa Välimäki & Tapio Lokki (ed.),  Proceedings of the 14th Sound and Music Computing Conference 2017.  Aalto University.  ISBN 978-952-60-3729-5.  Social interaction.  s 195 - 200

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  • Alexander Refsum Jensenius (2018). The importance of "nothing": studying human music-related micromotion.
  • Alexander Refsum Jensenius (2018). Studying "nothing": complexities of human music-related micromotion.
  • Alexander Refsum Jensenius; Michael Francis Duch; Jørgen Langdalen; Tone Åse; Edvine Larsen & Tone Pernille Østern (2018). Kunsten å forske.
  • Alexander Refsum Jensenius (2018). RITMO - et nytt senter for fremragende forskning.
  • Alexander Refsum Jensenius; Njål Sparbo; Sagar Sen & Elisabeth Edvardsen (2018). Breath, breathing and the sensing of breathing.
  • Alexander Refsum Jensenius (2018). Dans i musikkfaget i skolen.
  • Alexander Refsum Jensenius (2018). Introduction to the SoundTracer Project.
  •  (2018). Sverm-Pluck.
  •  (2018). Musikkprogram kan avsløre cerebral parese.
  •  (2018). Sverm-Resonans: interactive installation with resonating guitars and Bela.
  •  (2018). Står mot hverandre om hva som er best for å sikre topp forskning.
  •  (2018). #89: Alexander Jensenius: Slik danser du din egen musikk.
  •  (2018). Forskningsmøte mellom musikk og medisin.
  •  (2018). MusicLab - et nytt konsept for forskning og forskningsformidling.
  • Alexander Refsum Jensenius (2018). Kan musikk påvirke stillstanden din?. Forskning.no.  ISSN 1891-635X.
  • Alexander Refsum Jensenius (2017). Åpen forskning - et humanistisk-teknologisk perspektiv.
  • Alexander Refsum Jensenius (2017). Åpen forskning - et humanistisk-teknologisk perspektiv.
  • Alexander Refsum Jensenius (2017). How Build An Eco-System? Panel discussion on how to best support a Norwegian music/tech eco-system.
  • Victor Evaristo Gonzalez Sanchez; Agata Zelechowska & Alexander Refsum Jensenius (2017). The influence of music in people's standstill.
  • Alexander Refsum Jensenius (2017). Quantitative Video analysis for Qualitative Research.
  • Alexander Refsum Jensenius (2017). From Interactive music-dance to clinical tool for cerebral palsy.
  • Alexander Refsum Jensenius (2017). Fremtidens musikk.
  • Alexander Refsum Jensenius (2017). Kognisjon, musikk og teknologi.
  • Alexander Refsum Jensenius (2017). Musikk og bevegelse.
  • Alexander Refsum Jensenius (2017). Fremtidens musikk.
  • Alexander Refsum Jensenius; Kari Anne Vadstensvik Bjerkestrand; Marco Donnarumma; Are Brean & Jo C. Bruusgaard (2017). Panel: Biophysical Music.
  • Alexander Refsum Jensenius (2017). Musikk og bevegelses-laben ved Institutt for musikkvitenskap.
  • Alexander Refsum Jensenius (2017). Status musikkteknologi ved UiO: forskning og undervisning.
  • Alexander Refsum Jensenius; Victor Evaristo Gonzalez Sanchez; Agata Zelechowska & Kari Anne Vadstensvik Bjerkestrand (2017). Exploring the Myo controller for sonic microinteraction.
  • Alexander Refsum Jensenius (2017). The importance of "nothing": studying human music-related micromotion.
  • Alexander Refsum Jensenius (2017). Micro, Meso, Macro: Music-related body motion at different spatiotemporal levels.
  • Alexander Refsum Jensenius (2017). Online tools that will kickstart creativity.
  • Alexander Refsum Jensenius; Agata Zelechowska & Victor Evaristo Gonzalez Sanchez (2017). The musical influence on people’s micromotion when standing still in groups.
  • Agata Zelechowska (2017). Combining eye-tracking and motion capture to study human bodily micromotion in music perception.
  • Alexander Refsum Jensenius (2017). From resonating strings to autonomous electronic instruments - towards a new organology.
  • Alexander Refsum Jensenius (2017). Touching the digital: acoustic resonances in an electronic world.
  • Alexander Refsum Jensenius; Tellef Kvifte; Kjell Tore Innervik; Charles Patrick Martin; Ragnhild Brøvig-Hanssen; Trond Lossius & Ximena Alarcón Diaz (2017). Panel: New Interfaces for Musical Expression.
  • Alexander Refsum Jensenius (2017). Humanities and technology - with a musicological twist.
  • Alexander Refsum Jensenius (2017). Introduction to the SoundTracer Project.
  •  (2017). Improvisation for Linnstrument, voice and Mogees.
  •  (2017). Ensemble Metatone - Improvised Touchscreen Performance.
  •  (2017). Sverm-Resonans.
  •  (2017). Sverm-Muscle.
  •  (2017). Han brukte fire år på å få forskningsstøtte.
  •  (2017). Vil finne magien i musikken.
  •  (2017). Leter etter magien i musikken.
  •  (2017). Tar roboter over musikken?.
  •  (2017). European Open Data Champions.
  •  (2017). Forsker på musikk - ved å stå stille.
  •  (2017). Sverm-Resonans.
  •  (2017). Sverm-Puls.
  •  (2017). Sverm-Resonans.
  •  (2017). Sverm-Resonans.
  •  (2017). Sverm-resonans.
  • Alexander Refsum Jensenius (2016). Åpen forskning – et humanistisk-teknologisk perspektiv.
  • Alexander Refsum Jensenius (2016). Crossing the Boundaries between Humanities and Technology: Challenges and Opportunities.
  • Alexander Refsum Jensenius (2016). Åpen forskning - et humanistisk-teknologisk perspektiv.
  • Alexander Refsum Jensenius (2016). Musikk som beveger.
  • Alexander Refsum Jensenius & Kristian Nymoen (2016). Muskel- og bevegelsesmusikk.
  • Bo Zhou & Alexander Refsum Jensenius (2016). The Musical Gestures Toolbox – Towards Digital Musicology in Matlab.
  • Alexander Refsum Jensenius (2016). Exploring Music-related Micromotion in the Artistic-Scientific Research Project Sverm.
  • Alexander Refsum Jensenius (2016). Why does technology help music become more human?.
  • Alexander Refsum Jensenius (2016). Musikk som beveger.
  • Alexander Refsum Jensenius (2016). The Influence of Music on Human Standstill.
  • Alexander Refsum Jensenius (2016). Embodied Musical Cognition - Challenges and Possibilities.
  •  (2016). Edges.
  •  (2016). Musikk, dansefot og gåsehud.
  •  (2016). Slik påvirker musikk og dans oss.
  •  (2016). Mennesket er avhengig av rytme.
  •  (2016). Musikkforsker: Pussig at man må sitte stille på klassisk konsert.
  •  (2016). Den nye luksusen den absolutte tyssnad....
  •  (2016). Hvordan påvirkes musikk og dans av hverandre?.
  •  (2016). Music Moves: Why does music make you move?.

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Tags: musicology, music technology, music cognition, embodiment
Published July 4, 2016 11:16 AM - Last modified Apr. 5, 2018 11:12 PM

Contact

Alexander Refsum Jensenius
a.r.jensenius@imv.uio.no
+ 47 22 84 48 34

Financing

The Project is financed by The Research Council of Norway.

Duration

2016 - 2020