Intonaspacio: a digital musical instrument for exploring site-specificities in sound

Mailis G. Rodrigues*, Marcelo M. Wanderley, Paulo F. Lopes

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The integration of space as a parameter in the composition of an art work as been relegated to a secondary role. Site-specific art is a branch of the visual arts whose main goal is to fuse space in the art work, i.e., the piece belongs to the space where it is placed and its meaning is lost once it is removed. There’s an idea of bi-directionality beneath the conception of the work, where space defines the perception of the piece and the piece interferes in the perception of space. In music and especially in sound art, there are some examples of site-specific works, but they are sparse and mainly centered on the idea of installation. Site-specificity in sound is an open and not yet fully explored field. Our research purposes a new digital musical instrument (DMI) Intonaspacio, which allows the access to the sound of the room, and the integration of it in the music in real time. Intonaspacio provides the performer with tools to create site-specific sound, i.e., to integrate space as part of the creative work. In this paper we present Intonaspacio, focusing attention on the design of the physical interface. Up until now we have designed two versions of Intonaspacio. From the first version to the second one, we have modified the material of the frame, which led us to reconsider some of our previous decisions on the choice of sensors and their placement. We also designed different mappings that present several approaches to the site-specific question.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationSound, music, and motion - 10th International Symposium, CMMR 2013, Revised Selected Papers
EditorsMitsuko Aramaki, Olivier Derrien, Richard Kronland-Martinet, Sølvi Ystad
Place of PublicationCham
PublisherSpringer Verlag
Number of pages23
ISBN (Electronic)9783319129761
ISBN (Print)9783319129754
Publication statusPublished - 2014
Event10th International Symposium on Computer Music Multidisciplinary Research, CMMR 2013 - Marseille, France
Duration: 15 Oct 201318 Oct 2013

Publication series

NameLecture Notes in Computer Science (including subseries Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence and Lecture Notes in Bioinformatics)
ISSN (Print)0302-9743
ISSN (Electronic)1611-3349


Conference10th International Symposium on Computer Music Multidisciplinary Research, CMMR 2013


  • Gestural control of sound synthesis
  • Motion and gesture
  • Musical interfaces


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