Interactive tango milonga: Designing internal experience

Courtney Brown, Garth Paine

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contribution

12 Scopus citations


The Argentine tango concept of connection refers to the experience of complete synchronicity between self, partner, and music. This paper presents Interactive Tango Milonga, an interactive system giving tango dancers agency over music in order to increase this sense of relation between both partners and music. Like an improvising musician in an ensemble, each dancer receives musical feedback from both her movements and her partner's. Thus, each dancer can respond to the music, driving musical feedback, thereby heightening awareness and agency in both the sound and her partner's movements. Via presentation of this system, this paper illustrates methods for developing interactive systems engaging with distinct musical, movement, and social traditions as well for composing sound-movement relationships leading to specific internal experiences within these social contexts.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationMOCO 2015 - Proceedings of the 2nd International Workshop on Movement and Computing
Subtitle of host publicationIntersecting Art, Meaning, Cognition, Technology
PublisherAssociation for Computing Machinery
Number of pages4
ISBN (Electronic)9781450334570
StatePublished - Aug 14 2015
Event2nd International Workshop on Movement and Computing, MOCO 2015 - Vancouver, Canada
Duration: Aug 14 2015Aug 15 2015

Publication series

NameACM International Conference Proceeding Series


Other2nd International Workshop on Movement and Computing, MOCO 2015


  • Argentine tango
  • Interactive dance
  • Mapping strategies
  • Motion capture
  • Social dance

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Software
  • Human-Computer Interaction
  • Computer Vision and Pattern Recognition
  • Computer Networks and Communications


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