Date of Award


Degree Type


Degree Name

Master of Arts (Performing Arts)


Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts (WAAPA)


Faculty of Education and Arts

First Advisor

Dr Lindsay Vickery

Second Advisor

Associate Professor Cat Hope


This Masters by Research project explores the integration of different concepts relating to the presence of the human body in Dubstep music performance. Three intended performance systems propose that the body is the logical site for the interactive control of live Dubstep music. The physicality and gestures of instrumentalists, choreographed dancers, and audience members will be examined in order to develop new and exciting ways to perform this genre in a live setting.

The systems take on a three-tiered hierarchical approach on two levels in regards to the extraction of gestural information from human body movements, as well as in regards to the importance – and length – of musical phenomena and parameters that are under control. The characteristics of Dubstep music are defined and maintained within each interactive music system. A model for this each proposed system will be examined, including discussion of the technology and methodology employed in order to apply the two hierarchies and create the interactive environment.


Link to videos of performances:

Performance 1: Instrumentalist-Controlled Interactive Dubstep

Performance 2: Dancer-Controlled Interactive Dubstep

Performance 3: Audience-Controlled Interactive Dubstep

Drums Practice

Synth Practice

Violin Stab Practice

Please contact Research Online for a downloadable copy of these videos.