The project Sounding Feet explores the creative possibilities of interactively controlling sound synthesis through pressure sensitive shoe inlays that can monitor minute body movements. The project is motivated by the authors’ own experience of working with interactive technologies in the context of dance. This experience has led to the desire to more closely relate the sensing capabilities of an interactive system to a dancer’s own body awareness which prominently involve aspects of inner perception. The outcome of this project demonstrates that such an approach can help to establish interactive musical scenarios for dance that are not only more intuitive to work with for dancers but that also offer new possibilities for composers to tap into aspects of the dancers’ expressivity that are normally hidden for an audience.
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