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Simple mappings, expressive movement: a qualitative investigation into the end-user mapping design of experienced mid-air musicians

Brown, Dom; Nash, Chris; Mitchell, Tom

Authors

Dominic Brown Dom.Brown@uwe.ac.uk
Associate Lecturer - FET - CSCT - UCSC0000

Chris Nash Chris.Nash@uwe.ac.uk
Senior Lecturer in Music Tech - Software Development

Tom Mitchell Tom.Mitchell@uwe.ac.uk
Associate Professor in Creative Technologies



Abstract

© 2018, © 2018 Informa UK Limited, trading as Taylor & Francis Group. In a New Interface for Musical Expression (NIME), the design of the relationship between a musician’s actions and the instrument’s sound response is critical in creating instruments that facilitate expressive music performance. A growing body of NIMEs expose this design task to the end performer themselves, leading to the possibility of new insights into NIME mapping design: what can be learned from the mapping design strategies of practicing musicians? This research contributes a qualitative study of four highly experienced users of an end-user mapping instrument to examine their mapping practice. The study reveals that the musicians focus on designing simple, robust mappings that minimize errors, embellishing these control gestures with theatrical ancillary gestures that express metaphors. However, musical expression is hindered by the unintentional triggering of musical events. From these findings, a series of heuristics are presented that can be applied in the future development of NIMEs.

Journal Article Type Article
Publication Date Jul 3, 2018
Journal Digital Creativity
Print ISSN 1462-6268
Electronic ISSN 1744-3806
Publisher Taylor & Francis (Routledge)
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 29
Issue 2-3
Pages 129-148
APA6 Citation Brown, D., Nash, C., & Mitchell, T. (2018). Simple mappings, expressive movement: a qualitative investigation into the end-user mapping design of experienced mid-air musicians. Digital Creativity, 29(2-3), 129-148. https://doi.org/10.1080/14626268.2018.1510841
DOI https://doi.org/10.1080/14626268.2018.1510841
Keywords mid-air interaction, action– sound mapping, gestural interaction, experienced users, new interfaces for musical expression, embodied cognition, musical metaphors
Publisher URL https://doi.org/10.1080/14626268.2018.1510841
Additional Information Additional Information : This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis in Digital Creativity on 16 August 2018, available online: https://doi.org/10.1080/14626268.2018.1510841

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