About this research
Hello. My name is Diego Maranan and I’m a graduate student at the School of Interactive Arts and Technology at Simon Fraser University. This site is part of my MA research on electronic dance music (EDM) dance styles, particularly liquid, digits, finger tutting, finger connect, and other related styles.
When I first started watching online videos of liquid, digits, finger tutting, and finger connect, and browsing through some of the discussions that were on their online forums, I noticed how sophisticated, expressive, and rich the movement vocabularies were. Compared to other forms of dance, including other kinds of urban dance, liquid and related styles seem to have a unique and multifaceted relationship with technology and computation.
Then I started meeting a few liquid dancers online and started exchanging ideas with them. I really felt that they had unique, sophisticated ideas around dance, movement, space, and the body. Their ideas really appealed to my previous experiences in computer science and contemporary dance. I learned that some members of the community have identified fundamental building blocks of their movement techniques, described exercises that would help strengthen these fundamental techniques, continuously reflect on the current state of the art, and were bringing influences from other movement practices into their personal exploration of dance.
Through this research, I hope to provide some perspectives about EDM dance as influenced by the ideas from the academic research and artistic communities I am part of. Some of these perspectives comes from studies of contemporary dance, Laban Movement Analysis, human-computer interaction, knowledge visualization, and visual perception. I’ll also be posting links, videos, and writings in this site’s blog that I hope might be interesting to the EDM dance community and other participants of this study.
Do you dance to EDM? Do you know liquid, digits, finger tutting, finger connect, or other related dance styles? It would be great if you could participate in this study.
Thank you to everyone who participated in the study! I’m now processing the data and writing up the results. I’ll be sharing what I can as soon as I can.