Body instrument

“Body Instrument” is an interactive musical instrument in the human body’s scale which is played by the user as he/she moves within the instrument’s spatial setting. The string/cord is the primary material in space and the sine wave in sound. In the research process, space and sound are manipulated in a constant dialogue. Conclusions drawn from each research domain are afterwards implemented on to the other. As a result, the worlds of space and sound cannot be elaborated separately, they constitute an inseparable unity. Emphasis is given in the design of a “mechanism” which from spatio-sonic “organisms” emerge that are able of producing spatial and sonic structures. The main focus in the design is the way the human body as a cognitive entity activates each structure and interacts both with “it” (the instrument) as well as with other potential (human) bodies present "within" the instrument.

This video is a performance during the final presentation of the Diploma Design Project.The installation was created with Arduino, rotary encoders and the sound in Max/Msp/Jitter.

Diploma Design Project: “Space and Sound – an interactive implementation”
Department of Architecture, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki
Supervisor: Apostolos Kαlfopoulos


Total concept/Implementation: Dimitra Billia, Eirini Nikolakopoulou
Performers: Dimitra Billia, Eirini Nikolakopoulou