FourMs is a collaborative laboratory shared between research groups from the Department of Informatics and the Department of Musicology at the University of Oslo. This collaborative research is focused on music cognition, sensor technologies and machine learning. The common denominator is the mutual interest in studying both humans and machines as complex systems, and to analyse and synthesise such systems.
The researchers in the FourMs lab uses the Qualisys system in various ways. On one hand, analysing the movements of performing musicians gives valuable information on how musicians need to move to be able to create certain sounds. It is useful to get general knowledge about musicians’ movements, and when it comes to preventing injuries due to poor playing technique. By analysing how people move to music, both professional dancers and novices, the researchers investigate how music is perceived by humans.
The Qualisys system in the FourMs lab is also used for developing new controllers for musical interaction. The system is used in real-time for tracking hand-held devices, and full body movement, and the data is sent via Open Sound Control to sound synthesis engines. The motion capture data is used to generate sound and to control sound, and this setup provides a good framework for developing new ways of performing music.