Making ambient music interactive based on ubiquitous computing technologies

Yukiko Kinoshita, Tatsuo Nakajima

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    Although music offers various functionalities in our contemporary urban life, the potential of making music with widely available computing technologies may not be well investigated. Ambient music is a category of music that focuses on the places where people are and puts an emphasis on tone and calmness over traditional musical structure or rhythm. This study reports on an initial effort to investigate ambient music’s potential by enhancing ambient music with ubiquitous computing technologies. We have developed a prototype system named DESI (distributed embedded sound information) to realize the potential of making ambient music interactive. DESI records stereophonic sound using a piano and visual markers and then pastes the sound on everyday objects like tables and chairs. The pasted sounds construct music according to their locations. Then, we investigate the possibilities and potential pitfalls through user studies.

    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationAmbient Intelligence – Software and Applications, 9th International Symposium on Ambient Intelligence
    EditorsPaulo Novais, Dalila Durães, Jason J. Jung, Antonio Fernández-Caballero, Elena Navarro, Pascual González, Davide Carneiro, Gabriel Villarrubia González, António Pinto, Andrew T. Campbell
    Number of pages9
    ISBN (Print)9783030017453
    Publication statusPublished - 2019 Jan 1
    Event9th International Symposium on Ambient Intelligence, ISAmI 2018 - Toledo, Spain
    Duration: 2018 Jun 202018 Jun 22

    Publication series

    NameAdvances in Intelligent Systems and Computing
    ISSN (Print)2194-5357


    Other9th International Symposium on Ambient Intelligence, ISAmI 2018


    • Ambient music
    • Stereophonic sound
    • Ubiquitous computing

    ASJC Scopus subject areas

    • Control and Systems Engineering
    • Computer Science(all)

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