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The Vocal Chorder

Issue: XXI.5 September + October 2014
Page: 6
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Carl Unander-Scharin, Åsa Unander-Scharin, Kristina Höök, Ludvig Elblaus

Opera singers can use the Vocal Chorder, a large interactive instrument, to add new elements to their performance. The device allows performers to interactively accompany themselves through pushing, leaning on, and bending steel wires. Audience members can also use the instrument to interact with the operatic voice. When a person steps into the Vocal Chorder, its wires enable full-body interaction to explore the sounds and the interactive pyramid projected in front of the performer. It is a visualization of the child in Ray Bradbury's short story "Tomorrow's Child," born in another dimension and perceivable by its parents only as a pyramid.

Unander-Scharin, C., Unander-Scharin, A., Höök, K., and Elblaus, L. Interacting with the vocal chorder: Re-empowering the opera diva. CHI 2014 Extended Abstracts. ACM, New York, 2014, 603–606.

Unander-Scharin, C., Unander-Scharin, A., and Höök, K. The Vocal Chorder: Empowering opera singers with a large interactive instrument. Proc. CHI 2014. ACM, New York, 2014, 1001–1010.

Carl Unander-Scharin, University College of Opera and KTH Royal Institute of Technology
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Åsa Unander-Scharin, Luleå University of Technology
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Kristina Höök, Mobile Life@KTH Royal Institute of Technology
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Ludvig Elblaus, KTH Royal Institute of Technology
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