An ongoing motion capture study investigating the relationship between physical gestures, harmonic patterning, and instrument affordances.
In the video above, Daniel Shanahan plays a chord progression while the color pink on his index finger is tracked by a program I built in Max MSP. The boundaries of the pink tape are represented by the moving box on the right-hand screen. The midpoint of this box is taken on a frame-by-frame basis to approximate hand centering. Distance is then calculated from this coordinate data to investigate hypotheses which will be disclosed as the project develops.
See for more information and an outline of our presentation at the 2019 annual meeting of the Society for Music Perception and Cognition at New York University.