Use Cases

Within the i-Treasures project, the usability of the platform will be demonstrated in four different case studies: a) Rare Traditional Songs, b) Rare Dance Interactions, c) Traditional Craftsmanship and d) Contemporary Music Composition. For the extraction of a novel set of ICH data and the creation of new knowledge, multisensory technology will be employed. The project participants will strive to adapt the proposed technology to the specific conditions and needs of each of these use cases.

The singing use case will deal with a number of traditional European singing techniques of the UNESCO Inventory of Intangible Cultural Heritage in need of urgent safeguarding. Selected songs are the “cantu in paghjella” of Corsica (France), the “canto a tenore” pastoral songs from Sardinia (Italy), and Byzantine hymns from Mount Athos (Greece). These songs tend to be performed in festive, social and religious occasions; however, the number of their active practitioners is decreasing. Our case-study will also include a newly expanding contemporary singing style: the “human beat box”, where the vocalist imitates percussive and drum instrument sounds.

The dance case-study will focus on two specific use cases: Contemporary Dance and Traditional Dance. Dance is an immaterial art by essence, as it consists in the motion of the performer’s body. Dance can convey different messages according to the context, and focus on aesthetics or artistic aspects (contemporary dance, ballet dance), the cultural and social aspects (folk dances, traditional dances), a story telling (symbolic dances), spiritual meanings (whirling dervishes), etc.

The case study of the traditional handicrafts aims at the analysis, modelling, recognition and semantic analysis of gestural interactions between the craftsman and his material. Within the proposed context, handicraft interaction means gesture control of the material. In order to develop a hybrid gesture recognition methodology, depth cameras will be used for the detection of global hand gestures and postures, optical cameras for finger gesture recognition and embedded sensors for the measurement of gestural parameters.

The case study of the contemporary music composition aims to develop a novel intangible Musical instrument. This digital music instrument will be a novel Multimodal Human-Machine Interface for the music composition where natural gestures performed in a real-world Environment will be mapped to music/voice segments taking into account the emotional status of the performer. Thus, ‘everyday gestures’ performed in space or surface together with the emotional feedback of the performer, will continuously control the synthesis of music entities. Those music entities can be a) music patterns of classic composers (i.e. Beethoven, Haydn or Mozart), b) natural and instrumental sounds or c) segments of speaking/singing voice.