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music cognition, sonification, emotions, music and technology, biosignals, music performance


Cognition and Perception | Musicology | Music Performance


This paper explores the use of sonification technology within an artistic space, specifically a live musical performance setting. The current work should be thought of as a manual for performers, laying out the theoretical background for understanding the use of this technology as well as the technical components for successful incorporation. Most of the theoretical knowledge presented in this paper focuses on emotions and how they are understood to function. The technical and practical information is about different methods of measuring emotional states and the subsequent task of sonifying this information. While this may sound like a relatively new idea, the sonification of bio-signals has a history in music that began around the 1970’s, with the premiere of Alvin Lucier’s Music for Solo Performer. After presenting both historical examples and modern incarnations of this idea, the discussion explores the aesthetics of such works and their place within a postmodern music scene.

Department 1 Awarding Honors Status