Issues and techniques for collaborative music making on multi-touch surfaces

Laney, Robin, Dobbyn, Chris, Xambó, Anna, Schirosa, Mattia, Miell, Dorothy, Littleton, Karen and Dalton, Nick (2010) Issues and techniques for collaborative music making on multi-touch surfaces. In: 7th Sound and Music Computing Conference, 21-24 July 2010, Barcelona.

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Abstract

A range of systems exist for collaborative music making on multi-touch surfaces. Some of them have been highly successful, but currently there is no systematic way of designing them, to maximise collaboration for a particular user group. We are particularly interested in systems that will engage novices and experts. We designed a simple application in an initial attempt to clearly analyse some of the issues. Our application allows groups of users to express themselves in collaborative music making using pre-composed materials. User studies were video recorded and analysed using two techniques derived from Grounded Theory and Content Analysis. A questionnaire was also conducted and evaluated. Findings suggest that the application affords engaging interaction. Enhancements for collaborative music making on multi-touch surfaces are discussed. Finally, future work on the prototype is proposed to maximise engagement.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Uncontrolled Keywords: collaborative music; multi-touch surfaces; engagement; evaluation; musical interface
Subjects: J900 Others in Technology
W300 Music
Department: Faculties > Engineering and Environment > Computer Science and Digital Technologies
Depositing User: Becky Skoyles
Date Deposited: 23 Feb 2016 15:02
Last Modified: 08 May 2017 14:32
URI: http://nrl.northumbria.ac.uk/id/eprint/26122

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