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The Harmonic walk: An Interactive Physical Environment to Learn Tonal Melody Accompaniment


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1 Department of Information Engineering, University of Padova, Via G. Gradenigo 6/b, 35131 Padua, Italy
 

The Harmonic Walk is an interactive physical environment designed for learning and practicing the accompaniment of a tonal melody. Employing a highly innovativemultimedia system, the application offers to the user the possibility of getting in touch with some fundamental tonalmusic features in a very simple and readily available way. Notwithstanding tonalmusic is very common in our lives, unskilled people as well asmusic students and even professionals are scarcely conscious of what these features actually are. The Harmonic Walk, through the body movement in space, can provide all these users a live experience of tonal melody structure, chords progressions, melody accompaniment, and improvisation. Enactive knowledge and embodied cognition allow the user to build an inner map of these musical features, which can be acted by moving on the active surface with a simple step. Thorough assessment tests withmusicians and nonmusicians high school students could prove the high communicative power and efficiency of the Harmonic Walk application both in improving musical knowledge and in accomplishing complex musical tasks.
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Marcella Mandanici
Department of Information Engineering, University of Padova, Via G. Gradenigo 6/b, 35131 Padua, Italy
Antonio Roda
Department of Information Engineering, University of Padova, Via G. Gradenigo 6/b, 35131 Padua, Italy
Sergio Canazza
Department of Information Engineering, University of Padova, Via G. Gradenigo 6/b, 35131 Padua, Italy

Abstract


The Harmonic Walk is an interactive physical environment designed for learning and practicing the accompaniment of a tonal melody. Employing a highly innovativemultimedia system, the application offers to the user the possibility of getting in touch with some fundamental tonalmusic features in a very simple and readily available way. Notwithstanding tonalmusic is very common in our lives, unskilled people as well asmusic students and even professionals are scarcely conscious of what these features actually are. The Harmonic Walk, through the body movement in space, can provide all these users a live experience of tonal melody structure, chords progressions, melody accompaniment, and improvisation. Enactive knowledge and embodied cognition allow the user to build an inner map of these musical features, which can be acted by moving on the active surface with a simple step. Thorough assessment tests withmusicians and nonmusicians high school students could prove the high communicative power and efficiency of the Harmonic Walk application both in improving musical knowledge and in accomplishing complex musical tasks.