Mapping and Meaning: Embodied Metaphors and Non–localized Structures in Performance SystemDesign

Ricky Graham, Brian Bridges

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This paper explores the application of gestural structures and embodied image schemas in the design of control mappings and interpretative layers for a spatial music performance system. In doing so, it advances a design that maps structural features derived from musical performance gestures to various aspects of spatial and timbral sound processing. An analysis of a system by one of the co-authors will be undertaken, in addition to discussion of wider implications for performance system designs based upon these theoretical perspectives. The importance of image schemas in such a model is their potential utility in contributing to the development of richer, yet coherent, mappings that go beyond simpler localized transduction–based models to encompass a variety of less localized output modalities.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationUnknown Host Publication
Place of PublicationCopenhagen, Denmark
PublisherRe-New Digital Arts Forum
Number of pages344
Publication statusPublished - 29 Oct 2013
EventRe-New 2013 Digital Arts Festival and Conference - Copenhagen, Denmark
Duration: 29 Oct 2013 → …


ConferenceRe-New 2013 Digital Arts Festival and Conference
Period29/10/13 → …


  • gesture
  • mapping
  • embodied cognition
  • image schemas
  • performance system
  • electroacoustic
  • acousmatic
  • spatial music
  • post-digital music


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