Exploring Micromovements with Motion Capture and Sonification

  • Alexander Refsum Jensenius
  • Kari Anne Vadstensvik Bjerkestrand
Part of the Lecture Notes of the Institute for Computer Sciences, Social Informatics and Telecommunications Engineering book series (LNICST, volume 101)


We present the results of a pilot study on how micromovements may be used in an interactive dance/music performance. Micromovements are subtle body movements that cannot be easily seen by the human eye. Using an infrared marker-based motion capture system we have explored micromovements through 15x10 minutes long observation studies of ourselves standing still or moving slowly. The results from these studies show that there are both consistent and inconsistent movement patterns to be found at various temporal levels. Experimentation with three different types of realtime sonification shows artistic potential in using micromovements in dance and music performance.


micromovement dance motion capture sonification 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Alexander Refsum Jensenius
    • 1
  • Kari Anne Vadstensvik Bjerkestrand
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of MusicologyUniversity of OsloNorway
  2. 2.Bjerkestrand(self-employed)Norway

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