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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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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 Item
Copyright Holders: 2010 Robin Laney et al., The Open University
Keywords: collaborative music; multi-touch surfaces; engagement; evaluation; musical interface
Academic Unit/Department: Mathematics, Computing and Technology > Computing & Communications
Mathematics, Computing and Technology
Social Sciences
Education and Language Studies
Interdisciplinary Research Centre: Centre for Research in Computing (CRC)
Centre for Citizenship, Identities and Governance (CCIG)
Centre for Research in Education and Educational Technology (CREET)
Item ID: 21940
Depositing User: Catherine McNulty
Date Deposited: 15 Jul 2010 15:45
Last Modified: 23 Feb 2016 23:30
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