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Evaluating musical software using conceptual metaphors

Wilkie, Katie; Holland, Simon and Mulholland, Paul (2009). Evaluating musical software using conceptual metaphors. In: Proceedings of BCS Human-Computer Interaction (HCI 2009), 1- 5 September 2009, Cambridge UK.

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Abstract

An open challenge for interaction designers is to find ways of designing software to enhance the ability of novices to perform tasks that normally require specialized domain expertise. This challenge is particularly demanding in areas such as music analysis, where complex, abstract, domain-specific concepts and notations occur. One promising theoretical foundation for this work involves the identification of conceptual metaphors and image schemas, found by analyzing discourse. This kind of analysis has already been applied, with some success, both to musical concepts and, separately, to user interface design. The present work appears to be the first to combine these hitherto distinct bodies of research, with the aim of devising a general method for improving user interfaces for music. Some areas where this may require extensions to existing method are noted.
This paper presents the results of an exploratory evaluation of Harmony Space, a tool for playing, analysing and learning about harmony. The evaluation uses conceptual metaphors and image schemas elicited from the dialogues of experienced musicians discussing the harmonic progressions in a piece of music. Examples of where the user interface supports the conceptual metaphors, and where support could be improved, are discussed. The potential use of audio output to support conceptual metaphors and image schemas is considered.

Item Type: Conference Item
Copyright Holders: 2009 The Authors
ISSN: 1477-9358
Keywords: embodied cognition; image schemas; conceptual metaphors; user interface design; tonal harmony; harmony Space;
Academic Unit/Department: Mathematics, Computing and Technology > Computing & Communications
Knowledge Media Institute
Interdisciplinary Research Centre: Centre for Research in Computing (CRC)
Item ID: 17967
Depositing User: Simon Holland
Date Deposited: 26 Jan 2010 10:31
Last Modified: 04 Dec 2012 14:46
URI: http://oro.open.ac.uk/id/eprint/17967
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