The fourMs group has labs in several locations on campus. All the labs are equipped with state-of-the-art systems and sensor solutions to study music-related movement as well as testing various types of new action-sound relationships.

The labs are located in two different buildings on campus: 

  • The Music and motion lab is located at the ZEB building (ground floor)- Department of musicology, Sem Sælandsvei 2 a.
  • The Sound Interaction lab and Video and MoCap lab is located at the Ole Johan Dahls house (4th floor)-Department of informatics, Gaustadalleen 23b.

Music and motion lab (Musicology)

Equipped with systems and sensor solutions to study music-related movement:

  • Qualisys optical motion capture system (13 Oqus cameras)
  • Xsens MVN full-body, mobile motion capture system
  • Polhemus Patriot, magnetic 6-DOF motion tracking system.
  • Various inertial low-cost sensors and sensor systems, e.g. accelerometers
  • MEGA biosignal sensors (EMG, etc.)
  • Multichannel truss mounted speaker rig with 48 Genelec (8020B) speakers for spatialization (Higher Order Ambisonics, VBAP, DBAP, etc.)
  • Small Wavefield Synthesis speaker array (24).
  • 2 active 6-channel hemispherical speakers for point-based sound diffusion.
  • TouchKeys Piano: multitouch keyboard with capacitive sensor overlays
  • Various electronic instruments and controllers from Theremin to Madrona Soundplane
  • High-end SSL AD/DA converters, RME Madiface XT state-of-the-art audio interface and recording setup with a range of quality microphones.
  • 4 Canon HD videocams (SDI) 
  • Blackmagicdesign Hyperdeck HD video recorder
  • Mac Pro running Max 6.1.x with various Third party libraries installed for spatialization and synthesis. IRCAM software, Reaper DAW and RME TotalMix.
  • PC (Win7) workstation with Qualisys QTM software for motion capture.
  • Laptop (Win8) with statistical and mathematical software: Matlab, SPSS.

MoCap lab pdf flowchart: FourMsLab_overview

Video tutorials: Tutorials


Sound Interaction Lab (Informatics)

Used for testing various types of new action-sound relationships.

  • Lots of commercial and home-made sensor interfaces and controllers.
  • 10 small speakers for laptop performance


Video and MoCap lab (Informatics)

  • NaturalPoint Optitrack optical motion capture system
  • Several Microsoft Kinect sensors
  • Various video cameras with different speed, resolution, connection, etc.
  • MacPro computers for video editing and annotation


Other facilities


  • Computer music lab (10 digital audio workstations)
  • Sound recording studio
  • State of the art Mixing studio
  • Rehearsal rooms


  • Robotics lab
  • 3D-printer and carving machine lab
  • Metal and wood workshops
  • Electronics lab