(RAKS) Remote electroAcoustic Kinesthetic Sensing System

A collaboration between Aurie Hsu and composer, Steven Kemper, the RAKS (Remote electroAcoustic Kinesthetic Sensing) system is a wearable wireless interface designed specifically for belly dance.

The RAKS system is designed to minimize the amount of interference with the dancer’s movement. To that aim, our system is constructed using the LilyPad Arduino, based on the ATmega328V microcontroller. The LilyPad is programmed to receive incoming sensor data and pass it wirelessly to the computer as serial data using Digi's Xbee modules. Sensors used in shadows no. 5 include a flex sensor, accelerometer, and zils (finger cymbals) wired as switches. The RAKS system is modular and sensors are incorporated based on the artistic requirements of each piece, therefore different pieces use different collections of sensors.


Kinesonic approaches to mapping movement and music with the remote electroacoustic kinesthetic sensing (RAKS) system 
     Authors: Aurie Hsu and Steven Kemper
     Publication: Proceedings of the 2nd International Workshop on                                                                       Movement and Computing, Vancouver, Canada, August 14-15, 2015, pp. 45-                             47.  New York, NY: ACM.  

Kinesonic Composition as Choreographed Sound: Composing Gesture in Sensor-Based Music
     Authors: Aurie Hsu and Steven Kemper
     Publication: ICMC 2015Proceedings of the International Computer Music Conference

Read a publication on performance using an early version of the RAKS system

Video of shadows no. 6 for RAKS system + EMMI robotic instruments


Kinesonic Composition, Choreographed Sound: Balancing Kinetic and Kinesthetic Sense with Physical and Imagined Gesture in Music

Additional Research and Teaching Interests

  • musical gesture in composition                            
  • prepared/extended piano
  • human-computer interaction                        
  • Middle Eastern music and dance
  • performance practice in contemporary music        
  • experimental music 
  • performance of improvised music                    
  • contemporary belly dance culture
  • composer/choreographer collaborations                
  • music and outreach


RAKS system v.1.0

RAKS system v.1.0