Multi-touch interaction principles for collaborative real-time music activities: towards a pattern language

Xambó, Anna; Laney, Robin; Dobbyn, Chris and Jordà, Sergi (2011). Multi-touch interaction principles for collaborative real-time music activities: towards a pattern language. In: International Computer Music Conference Proceedings, 31 Jul - 5 Aug 2011, Huddersfield.

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Abstract

In this paper we give an analysis of the literature on a set of problems that can arise when undertaking the interaction design of multi-touch applications for collaborative real-time music activities, which are designed for multitouch technologies (e.g. smartphones, tablets, interactive tabletops, among others). Each problem is described, and a candidate design pattern (CDP) is suggested in the form of a short sentence and a diagram—an approach inspired by Christopher Alexander’s A Pattern Language. These solutions relate to the fundamental collaborative principles of democratic relationships, identities and collective interplay. We believe that this approach might disseminate forms of best design practice for collaborative music applications, in order to produce real-time musical systems which are collaborative and expressive.

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