This paper describes the implementation of gestural map- ping strategies for performance with a traditional musical instrument and electronics. The approach adopted is in- formed by embodied music cognition and functional cate- gories of musical gestures. Within this framework, gestures are not seen as means of control subordinated to the result- ing musical sounds but rather as significant elements con- tributing to the formation of musical meaning similarly to auditory features. Moreover, the ecological knowledge of the gestural repertoire of the instrument is taken into ac- count as it defines the action-sound relationships between the instrument and the performer and contributes to form expectations in the listeners. Subsequently, mapping strate- gies from a case study of electric guitar performance will be illustrated describing what motivated the choice of a mul- timodal motion capture system and how different solutions have been adopted considering both gestural meaning for- mation and technical constraints.
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