DYNAMO sound engine - Exploring the aesthetics of dynamic sound interactions

Matti Luhtala, Tomi Heimonen, Ville Mäkelä, Tuuli Keskinen, Markku Turunen, Santeri Saarinen

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This paper outlines the design and development process of the Dynamic Audio Motion (Dynamo) concept. The Dynamo audio engine was developed for driving dynamic sound interaction states via custom made finite state machine. Further, a generative sound design approach was employed for creating sonic and musical structures. Designed dynamic sound interactions were tested in an embodied information wall application with endusers. During the testing situation, end-users engaged in a reflective creation process providing valuable insight of their experiences of using the system. In this paper we present key questions driving the research, theoretical background, research approach, an audio engine development process, and end-user research activities. The results indicate that dynamic sound interactions supported people's personal, emotional, and creative needs in the design context.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 18th International Academic MindTrek Conference, AcademicMindTrek '14
PublisherAssociation for Computing Machinery ACM
Number of pages8
ISBN (Electronic)978-1-4503-3006-0
Publication statusPublished - 4 Nov 2014
MoE publication typeA4 Article in a conference publication
Event18th International Academic MindTrek Conference, AcademicMindTrek '14: Media Business, Management, Content & Services - Tampere, Finland
Duration: 4 Nov 20146 Nov 2014


Conference18th International Academic MindTrek Conference, AcademicMindTrek '14


  • Aesthetic experience
  • Artistic interfaces
  • Dynamic sound interaction
  • Multimodal interaction
  • Musicalization
  • Procedural sound design
  • Sonic interaction design


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