Dario Alejandro Narvaez
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Musicality ideation

Inspired by Fantasia

 

One of the most important insights and inspiration derived from the research, was knowing that for many profoundly deaf people, there was an important change in musical perception when they watched Fantasia, a Disney film that explores the relationship between music and animation, by creating an inspiring relation between dance and inanimate objects to represent rhythm and harmony. This is also inspired to a great extent by the baton, an inanimate object that becomes “real” when it is interpreted by a conductor, gaining attributes of musicality.

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To start the project, I took advantage of Visual Thinking as a research tool for domain exploration in order to further specify the avenues that I will take with the thesis, and therefore, concentrate the efforts for the research.

To start the project, I took advantage of Visual Thinking as a research tool for domain exploration in order to further specify the avenues that I will take with the thesis, and therefore, concentrate the efforts for the research.

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In this idea, two inanimate objects dance magically following a tonality, generating visual symbols associated with rhythm, pitch and harmony. These objects can be construed as a morphological union between pen and a baton. For this proposal, the idea of musicality is reinforced with vibrations (music is multidimensional), as well as generating a memory or representation (idea of record), by creating a 2D poster derived from the “Graphic Score”, which extends the manifestations of this experience to other contexts and time.

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This prototype was taken to a next level, using Sphero, a robotic sphere that can be programmed through JavaScript. Several tests were made with this technology and magnets that resulted in various interesting learnings and outcomes. Unfortunately, this platform is quite limited in order to create applications that connect with external elements such as Music information. In addition, the horizontal force generated from the Sphero Mini is not enough to overpass the vertical force created by the magnets.