Generating a Soundscape of a Virtual Dancing Duet

By Marina Ismini Ioannatou and Christos Nikolaos Anagnostopoulos.

Published by The Arts Collection

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This paper focuses on the creation and image sonification of a virtual dance duet. The choreography was created and performed by one dancer extracting subjective elements and giving extra emphasis to the dancing body and its relations within space and time. Thus, various influences from other dancing patterns are eliminated, enabling dancers and choreographers to focus on the relations between bodies, space and the sound produced by their dance. The representation of the digital duet was achieved using a mirroring function of the dancer, while the subsequent sonification is based on video processing using the EyesWeb 3.3.0 platform. With the above techniques, a clone dancer is produced which interacts with the real dancer creating a virtual dancing duet.
In this framework, through dancing visualization and image sonification, the user is given the opportunity to create an immersive environment, as well as to produce and to explore a soundscape that arises from structures, choreographies and motion in relation to ambient space.

Keywords: Choreography, Image Sonification, Mirroring, Interaction, Soundscape

International Journal of the Arts in Society, Volume 5, Issue 1, pp.237-248. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 2.526MB).

Marina Ismini Ioannatou

Performer/Choreographer, PhD Candidate, Cultural Technology & Communication Department, Social Sciences School, University of the Aegean, Mytilene, Lesvos isl, Greece

Performer and choreographer Marina Ismini Ioannatou was born in Italy in 1982.She teaches dance, performs with contemporary dance companies and choreographs for her own dance company productions. As well as, she is in the third year of her PhD Candidacy in Cultural Informatics. Her Phd Thesis in progress concerns “Dance and Technology. Methods and synthesis for choreography”. On research grounds, she is interested on how dancers and choreographers can interact and use new technologies in their works in progress in order to explore movement, space and sound relations and how this procedure can head on creating interesting dancing material for chorographical synthesis for dance performances. Through practice, she is also researching the interactive potentialities of technologies towards the audience that is involved in a dance performance, and how that can influence the final dance piece in different ways. Prior to PhD, she has completed an Honours Diploma in dance (2003, State School of Dance, Athens, Greece), a Bachelor in Cultural Techology and Communication (2005, University of the Aegean) and an Honours Master in Sciences in Cultural Informatics (2005 -2007, University of the Aegean).

Dr. Christos Nikolaos Anagnostopoulos

Assistant Professor, Cultural Technology & Communication Department, Social Sciences School, University of the Aegean, Mytilene, Lesvos isl, Greece

Christos-Nikolaos E. Anagnostopoulos was born in Athens, Greece in 1975. He received his Mechanical Engineering Diploma from the National Technical University of Athens (NTUA) in 1998, and the Ph.D. degree from the Electrical and Computer Engineering Dpt., NTUA in 2002. From 2008, he serves the University of the Aegean as Assistant Professor in the Cultural Technology and Communication Department. Dr. Christos –Nikolaos E. Anagnostopoulos is a member of the Greek chamber of Engineers and member of IEEE. His research interests are image processing, computer vision, neural networks and artificial intelligence. He has published more than 100 papers in journals and conferences, in the above subjects as well as other related fields of informatics.

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