‘Transforming Transformation: 3D Models for Interactive Sound Design’ (2015-2016)
An AHRC-funded project in collaboration with Glasgow School of Art’s Digital Design Studios and Two Big Ears.
The project opens up a new field of music technology research by exploring human-centered approaches to creative sound design. The project involves the development of a proof-of-concept system, which enables sound to be manipulated through hand movements as if it were an invisible 3D object. The interaction is enhanced by real-time visualisation within a virtual 3D space. The research surfaces the notion of a ‘natural’ interface for sound design taking account of already learned behaviour and innate skills such as motor memory, gesture and spatial awareness. The aim is to enable musicians and sound designers to ‘think in sound’ when working with technology, catalysing a shift from technology-centric to human-centric models. As a pilot the project concentrates on one specific audio processing technique: sound spatialisation, with a view to later amplifying our research findings in a larger project, addressing a wider range of sound design practices. In simple terms: our system explores the idea that we can make users feel as if they are directly positioning sound in space by ‘picking it up and moving it’ with their hands, with the aim of serving as an exemplar for future, more detailed studies.
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Integra – Fusing music and technology (2009-2012)
A €1.1m project led by Birmingham Conservatoire and supported by the Culture 2007-2013 programme of the European Union. Bringing together new music ensembles, research centres and higher music education institutions from eight European countries and Canada, Integra promotes the wider dissemination of live electronic music and provides composers, performers, teachers and students with the tools to interact with technology in a more user-friendly and musically meaningful way
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Fuga Perpetua 2016 – ongoing
An icon-sonic opera by the composer Yuval Avital. This work has been partially funded by the AHRC Cultural Engagement Fund. The world premier took place in Teatro Comunale 'L. Pavarotti' Modena, Italy on 12 March 2016. This was followed by UK premieres at the Brighton Dome Corn Exchange on Friday 20 May and Nottingham Lakeside Arts on Sunday 22 May 2017.
Tychonas’s role was to develop a sound system to reflect the idea of ‘us’ and ‘them’. After multiple attempts to address such distinction we created a system which we refer to as the ‘Mobile Sound Theatre’. The system consists of 24 portable loudspeakers that are placed in specific positions under the audience seats. The aim was to create an intimate and personal sound experience for the audience. The position of loudspeakers under the seats enabled us bring down any personal barriers in terms of personal space. This was achieved from speaking testimonies of refugees and sounds that are blended in a music way. In addition to the Mobile Sound Theatre, an octaphonic surround sound system is used. Both systems work in conjunction with each other creating a 32 channel audio system.
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Upcoming performance 27 September 2017 - Tel Aviv Museum, Tel Aviv, Israel
Polydorou, P., Michailidis, T., Bullock, J. 2015. Haptics and the vibrotactile: digital bodily interactivity as creative interplay. In Popat, S. & Salazar, N. (eds), Digital Movement: Essays in Motion Technology and Performance. Hampshire: Palgrave Macmillan.
Granieri, N., Dooley, J & Michailidis, T. 2017 Microgestural implementation for the creation of an expressive keyboard interface. Innovation in Music conference, London, 6-8 Sep, 2017 (Forthcoming)
Michailidis, T. Dooley, J. Di Donato, B, Granieri, N.2017. Improvising through the senses: a performance approach with an indirect use of technology. Innovation in Music conference, London, 6-8 Sep, 2017 (Forthcoming)
Bullock, J., Michailidis, T. & Poyade, M. 2016. Towards a Live Interface for Direct Manipulation of Spatial Audio; Proceedings of the International Conference on Live Interfaces. REFRAME Books, Sussex.
Michailidis, T. Bullock, J., Polydorou, P. 2016. Vibrotactile feedback in immersive environments. In Proceedings of the Digital Research in the Arts and Humanities, Dublin City University, 1-3 September 2015
Michailidis, T. & Polydorou, D. 2013. A multimodal integration of sensory feedback modalities for dance performers. Conference proceedings of the FASCINATE 2013 Conference, Falmouth University 28-30 August 2013
Bullock, J., Coccioli, L.,Dooley, J., Michailidis, T. 2013.Live Electronics in Practice: approaches to training professional performers. In Organised Sound; Volume 18, Issue 2.
Michailidis, T. & Berweck, S. 2011. Tactile Feedback Tool: Approaching the Foot Pedal Problem in Live Electronic Music. Proceedings of ICMC 2011, International Computer Music Conference, 31 July-5 Aug. 2011, Huddersfield.
Michailidis, T. & Bullock, J. 2011. Improving Performer’s Musicality Through Live Interaction with Haptic Feedback: A case study. Proceedings of SMC'11, 8th Sound and Music Computing Conference, 6-9 July, 2011, Padova, Italy.
Michailidis, T. Dooley, J., Di Donato, B., Granieri, N.2017. Improvising through the senses: a performance approach with an indirect use of technology. Presented at Innovation in Music conference, London, 6-8 Sep, 2017 (Forthcoming)
Michailidis, T. 2017. Vibrotactile feedback in dance performances. Poster presentation at the International Conference on Information, Communication Technologies in Education, ICICTE 2017, Rhodes, Greece, 6-8 July, 2017
Michailidis, T. 2017. Non-Verbal interaction through vibrotactile feedback. Paper &demo presentation at Research and Innovation Conference, Southampton Solent University, Southampton 3-4 May 2016.
Michailidis, T. & Di Donato, B.2016. Vibrotactile Feedback in Interactive Dance Performances. Paper presentation at In Dialogue Symposium, Nottingham Contemporary, Nottingham 1-2 December 2016.
Michailidis, T. 2015. Vibrotactile feedback in immersive environments. Paper presentation at Digital Research in the Arts and Humanities, Dublin City University, 1-3 September 2015.
Michailidis, T. 2014. The Art of Illusion, the magic in performing electronic music. Paper presentation at Digital Research in the Arts and Humanities, University of Greenwich, 31 Aug – 2 Sep 2014.
Michailidis, T. 2013. The Art of Illusion, the magic in performance. Paper presentation at Innovation in Music 2013, University of York, 4-6 December 2013,
Polydorou, D. & Michailidis, T. 2013. Haptics as means of communications in dance performances. Paper presentation at the Corporeal Computing: A Performative Archaeology of Digital Gesture, University of Surrey, UK on 2 - 4 September 2013.