The design and use of interactive sound and visual software in the development and therapy of those with special needs

Johnston, Daniel (2016) The design and use of interactive sound and visual software in the development and therapy of those with special needs. BSc dissertation, University of Portsmouth.

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    Abstract

    Research has proven that the use of music and sound therapy is beneficial in the development and education for those with special needs. The present research puts forward an interactive music and visual aid (M.A.V.A), which is designed to be an accessible and affordable music therapy solution. An in-­depth insight is offered into the design and programming process of the creation of M.A.V.A, as well as a case study into the effectiveness of this artefact as an interactive music technology aid. M.A.V.A is based on the users movements, which are captured via Microsoft Kinect and transferred via Open Sound Control (OSC) to the audio and visual engines. These are developed in open source programming applications: Max MSP and Quartz Composer. The case study presents M.A.V.A’s effectiveness as a tool in promoting voluntary and independent movement for a participant with cerebral palsy, in a multi sensory environment (sensory room). Analysis of feedback forms completed by the carers and charity which provided the sensory facilities, stressed overall positive feedback and confirmed M.A.V.A as an effective sensory tool.

    Item Type: Dissertation
    Departments/Research Groups: Faculty of Creative and Cultural Industries > School of Creative Technologies
    Depositing User: Beth Atkins
    Date Deposited: 20 Jun 2016 15:19
    Last Modified: 20 Jun 2016 15:19
    URI: http://eprints.port.ac.uk/id/eprint/20945

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