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Stillness Under Tension for Myo+Bela Quartet

Martin, Charles Patrick; Jensenius, Alexander Refsum; Johnson, Victoria; Bjerkestrand , Kari Anne Vadstensvik

Backer, Dag; Låberg, Kyrre Traavik; Heggø, Dan Michael Olsen; Stangeby, Ivar Haugaløkken; Sørbø, Solveig Isis

Stillness Under Tension is a quartet standstill work for Myo gesture control armband and Bela embedded music platform. Humans are incapable of standing completely still due to breathing and other involuntary micromotions. This work explores the expressive space of standing still through an inverse action-sound mapping: less movement leads to more sound. The Myo is used to measure the performers movement, and the muscle activity in their forearm which they can use--both voluntarily and involuntarily--to control a synthesised sound world. This musical space is defined separately for each performer by their physical position.

This video is of the premiere performance in November 2017 at "MusicLab vol.1: Biophysical Music", Escape, Ole Johan Dahls has, Oslo, Norway.


Video and Production Credits (UiO Science Library Team):

  • Dag Backer
  • Kyrre Traavik Låberg
  • Dan Michael Olsen Heggø
  • Ivar Haugaløkken Stangeby
  • Solveig Isis Sørbø


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