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A user experience review of music interaction evaluations

Brown, Dom; Nash, Chris; Mitchell, Tom


Dom Brown

Chris Nash
Senior Lecturer in Music Tech - Software Development

Tom Mitchell
Associate Professor in Creative Technologies


The need for thorough evaluations is an emerging area of interest and importance in music interaction research. As a large degree of DMI evaluation is concerned with exploring the subjective experience: ergonomics, action-sound mappings and control intimacy; User Experience (UX) methods are increasingly being utilised to analyse an individual's experience of new musical instruments, from which we can extract meaningful, robust findings and subsequently generalised and useful recommendations. However, many music interaction evaluations remain informal. In this paper, we provide a meta-review of 132 papers from the 2014 -- 2016 proceedings of the NIME, SMC and ICMC conferences to collate the aspects of UX research that are already present in music interaction literature, and to highlight methods from UX's widening field of research that have not yet been explored. Our findings show that usability and aesthetics are the primary focus of evaluations in music interaction research, and other important components of the user experience such as enchantment, motivation and frustration are frequently if not always overlooked. We argue that these factors are prime areas for future research in the field and their consideration in design and evaluation could lead to a better understanding of NIMEs and other computer music technology.


Brown, D., Nash, C., & Mitchell, T. (2017, May). A user experience review of music interaction evaluations. Paper presented at International Conference on New Interfaces for Musical Expression

Presentation Conference Type Conference Paper (unpublished)
Conference Name International Conference on New Interfaces for Musical Expression
Start Date May 15, 2017
End Date May 20, 2017
Acceptance Date Apr 5, 2017
Publication Date May 20, 2017
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Keywords evaluation, methods, meta-analysis, user experience (UX), Human Computer Interaction (HCI), user studies
Additional Information Title of Conference or Conference Proceedings : Proceedings of the International Conference on New Interfaces for Musical Expression 2017


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