The Vocal Chorder: Empowering opera singers with a large interactive instrument
2014 (English)In: CHI '14 Proceedings of the SIGCHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems, Association for Computing Machinery (ACM), 2014, 1001-1010 p.Conference paper (Refereed)
With The Vocal Chorder, a large interactive instrument to create accompaniment, opera singers can get more power over the performance. The device allows performers to interactively accompany themselves through pushing, leaning on and bending steel wires. The design was guided by the unique needs of the solo-singer, explored through autobiographical design and material explorations, some on stage, and later tested by other singers. We discuss how designing for opera and for the stage requires extraordinary durability and how opera performances can change with a bodilyoriented instrument such as The Vocal Chorder. Through a designerly exploration, we arrived at a device that offered (1) a tool for singers to take control over the rhythmical pace and overall artistic and aesthetic outcome of their performances, (2) an enriched sense of embodiment between their voice and the overall performance; and (3) a means to empower opera singers on stage.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Association for Computing Machinery (ACM), 2014. 1001-1010 p.
Appropriation, Autobiographical design, Embodiment, Empowerment, Interactive instruments, Opera
Human Computer Interaction
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-146694DOI: 10.1145/2556288.2557050ScopusID: 2-s2.0-84900422227ISBN: 978-145032473-1OAI: oai:DiVA.org:kth-146694DiVA: diva2:725305
32nd Annual ACM Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems, CHI 2014; Toronto, ON; Canada; 26 April 2014 through 1 May 2014
QC 20140616. QC 201602262014-06-162014-06-132016-02-26Bibliographically approved