Making ambient music interactive based on ubiquitous computing technologies

Yukiko Kinoshita, Tatsuo Nakajima*

*Corresponding author for this work

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3 Citations (Scopus)


Although music offers various functionalities in our contemporary urban life, the potential of making music with widely available computing technologies may not be well investigated. Ambient music is a category of music that focuses on the places where people are and puts an emphasis on tone and calmness over traditional musical structure or rhythm. This study reports on an initial effort to investigate ambient music’s potential by enhancing ambient music with ubiquitous computing technologies. We have developed a prototype system named DESI (distributed embedded sound information) to realize the potential of making ambient music interactive. DESI records stereophonic sound using a piano and visual markers and then pastes the sound on everyday objects like tables and chairs. The pasted sounds construct music according to their locations. Then, we investigate the possibilities and potential pitfalls through user studies.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationAmbient Intelligence – Software and Applications, 9th International Symposium on Ambient Intelligence
EditorsPaulo Novais, Dalila Durães, Jason J. Jung, Antonio Fernández-Caballero, Elena Navarro, Pascual González, Davide Carneiro, Gabriel Villarrubia González, António Pinto, Andrew T. Campbell
PublisherSpringer Verlag
Number of pages9
ISBN (Print)9783030017453
Publication statusPublished - 2019
Event9th International Symposium on Ambient Intelligence, ISAmI 2018 - Toledo, Spain
Duration: 2018 Jun 202018 Jun 22

Publication series

NameAdvances in Intelligent Systems and Computing
ISSN (Print)2194-5357


Other9th International Symposium on Ambient Intelligence, ISAmI 2018


  • Ambient music
  • Stereophonic sound
  • Ubiquitous computing

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Control and Systems Engineering
  • Computer Science(all)


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