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Analysis of conceptual metaphors to improve music software: the role of prior experience in inclusive music interaction

Wilkie, Katie; Holland, Simon and Mulholland, Paul (2009). Analysis of conceptual metaphors to improve music software: the role of prior experience in inclusive music interaction. In: British Computer Society HCI Conference 2009 Workshop, 01 - 05 September 2009, Cambridge.

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An open challenge for interaction designers is to find ways of designing software solutions capable of enhancing the ability of users with differing levels of knowledge and capabilities to perform tasks that normally require specialised 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 what are assumed to be conceptual metaphors and image schemas. These constructs are grounded in prior sensory-motor experiences of space, force, orientation and interactions with other bodies and are identified through analysing discourse. These theories have already been applied with some success both to musical concepts and, separately, to user interface design with the intention of creating more intuitive designs through exploiting these prior sensory-motor experiences. However, the present work appears to be the first to combine these hitherto distinct bodies of research. We hypothesise that if we can identify the conceptual metaphors and image schemas used by musical experts to structure their understanding of music, we can utilise this information to develop a general theoretical framework to aid designers in systematically improving their designs, providing a foundation for inclusive music interaction design and thus opening up software normally restricted to domain experts to a wider and more varied user population.

A possible methodology for the development of such a framework is discussed along with details of a study to apply the conceptual metaphors and image schemas used by a small group of experienced musicians to an evaluation of Harmony Space.

Item Type: Conference Item
Copyright Holders: 2009 The Author(s)
Extra Information: People and Computers XXIII
Celebrating People and Technology

Proceedings of HCI 2009
Churchill College Cambridge, UK.
1 - 5 September 2009
edited by: Alan F. Blackwell
ISBN 978-1-906124-87-8

Is Prior Experience the Same as Intuition in the Context of Inclusive Design? Workshop held as part of the British HCI Conference 2009
Keywords: embodied cognition; image schemas; conceptual metaphors; user interface design; tonal harmony; Harmony Space
Academic Unit/Department: Mathematics, Computing and Technology > Computing & Communications
Mathematics, Computing and Technology
Knowledge Media Institute
Interdisciplinary Research Centre: Centre for Research in Computing (CRC)
Item ID: 33175
Depositing User: Katie Wilkie
Date Deposited: 12 Mar 2012 09:42
Last Modified: 24 Feb 2016 04:30
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