Date of Award


Document Type



Edith Cowan University

Degree Name

Master of Arts


Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts (WAAPA)


Faculty of Education and Arts

First Supervisor

Dr Maggi Phillips


This thesis investigates correlations between auditory parameters and parameters associated with movement in a sensitised space. The research examines those aspects of sound that form correspondences with movement, force or position of a body or bodies in a space sensitised by devices for acquiring gestural or topographical data. A wide range of digital technologies are scrutinised to establish what the most effective technologies are in order to achieve detailed and accurate information about movement in a given space, and the methods and procedures for analysis, transposition and synthesis into sound. The thesis describes pertinent work in the field from the last 20 years, the issues that have been raised in those works and issues raised by my work in the area. The thesis draws conclusions that point to further development of an integrated model of a space that is sensitised to movement, and responds in sound in such a way that it can be appreciated by performers and audiences. The artistic and research practices that are cited, are principally from the areas of danceand- technology, sound installation and alternative gestural controllers for musical applications.