The Design of a Virtual Sonic for Dance


Session Title:

  • IRCAM Session: Towards a Descriptive Approach to Gesture-sound Interaction

Presentation Title:

  • The Design of a Virtual Sonic for Dance



  • Composer Yan Maresz will discuss the production of the interactive musical part of __Al segno__ (François Raffinot and Emmanuelle Vo-Dinh, choreographers), a performance for three musicians, dancers, an actor and a movement-sensing device based on infra-red sensors. He will describe in detail the interaction between the dancers’ movements and the electronic musical score involving two different modes of sound generation, resulting in two distinct choreographic approaches. In the first, one dancer interacts with sound materials produced by corporeal noises of various kinds (friction, swallowing). In the second, another dancer moves in a virtual instrumental space inhabited by the resonances of the trio’s three instruments. Finally, the composer will present the writing process he elaborated progressively in response to the particular features of the __Al segno__ project, which sought to bring the reciprocal influences of composition and choreography into play.