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Nordic Championship of Standstill 2019

Can you stand still for 7 minutes? Then you can become the new Nordic Champion of Standstill, and win a gift card worth NOK 1000,-.

From NM 2018


The official title of the Nordic Champion of Standstill goes to Martin Kristoffersen, who participated in the championship at NTNU. Congratulations!

You can see the best scores below:

Nordic Championship of Standstill 2019 - top 10 scores
Place Unit Participant QoM
1 NTNU Martin Kristoffersen 4,74 mm/s
2 UiO J2 4,85 mm/s
3 NTNU F5 5,01 mm/s
4 UiO B7 5,56 mm/s
5 NTNU E4 5,76 mm/s
6 UiO I2 5,86 mm/s
7 NTNU D1 5,87 mm/s
8 UiO M5 5,90 mm/s
9 NTNU A2 5,91 mm/s
10 UiO O6

5,98 mm/s

Please check the webpage next week to see the plot of your own micromotion. You will need your participant number to identify your plot. If you do not remember your participant number, contact Agata Zelechowska.


The Nordic Championship of Standstill is a competition in which the participants stand still for 7 minutes, with and without music. It is organized in connection with UiO's Åpen dag, the NordicSMC Winter School and the MCT master's programme.


The competition is part of the research project MICRO - Human Bodily Micromotion in Music Perception and Interaction. The aim is to understand more about how music influences human body motion. We do not know very much about the smallest motion in the body, what we call micromotion. We study such micromotion by looking at how people stand still, both with and without music.


This year’s championship will be organized in parallel in Oslo and Trondheim, in the facilities used in the master’s programme “Music, Communication & Technology”, a collaboration between UiO and NTNU.

Setup for the Norwegian championship of standstill - Spherical Image - RICOH THETA


We use a high-speed motion capture system that can track body motion with millimetre precision. You will get a small marker on the head, and with this we can measure your micromotion while you stand still. We use the data from the marker to calculate the average speed of your movement (in millimetres per second). The one with the lowest number wins!

What do we measure?

Plots of a standstill session.

If you would like to, you can get a plot of your own micromotion (similar to the one to the right). The plots on the top show the sideways motion (X-axis), frontal motion (Y-axis) and motion up and down (Z-axis). Below are plots from a bird’s perspective (XY), front (XZ) and side (YZ).

What does the participation entail?

Participation is voluntary, and you can withdraw at any point in time, without an explanation. No person-recognizable information is captured nor stored. The anonymized data will be made openly available for further analysis in the Oslo Standstill Database.

Tags: Standstill, Motion capture, Music, Musicology
Published Dec. 1, 2018 11:35 PM - Last modified Aug. 31, 2020 6:18 PM