Design Implications for Technology-Mediated Audience Participation in Live Music

Hödl, Oliver; Fitzpatrick, Geraldine; Kayali, Fares and Holland, Simon (2017). Design Implications for Technology-Mediated Audience Participation in Live Music. In: Proceedings of the 14th Sound and Music Computing Conference, July 5-8 2017, Aalto University, Espoo, Finland pp. 28–34.



Mobile and sensor-based technologies have created new interaction design possibilities for technology-mediated au- dience participation in live music performance. However, there is little if any work in the literature that systematically identifies and characterises design issues emerging from this novel class of multi-dimensional interactive performance systems. As an early contribution towards addressing this gap in knowledge, we present the analysis of a detailed sur- vey of technology-mediated audience participation in live music, from the perspective of two key stakeholder groups - musicians and audiences. Results from the survey of over two hundred spectators and musicians are presented, along with descriptive analysis and discussion. These results are used to identify emerging design issues, such as expressive- ness, communication and appropriateness. Implications for interaction design are considered. While this study focuses on musicians and audiences, lessons are noted for diverse stakeholders, including composers, performers, interaction designers, media artists and engineers.

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