Understanding Music Interaction, and Why It Matters

Holland, Simon; Mudd, Tom; Wilkie-McKenna, Katie; McPherson, Andrew and Wanderley, Marcelo M. (2019). Understanding Music Interaction, and Why It Matters. In: Holland, Simon; Mudd, Tom; Wilkie, Katie; McPherson, Andrew and Wanderley, Marcelo M. eds. New Directions in Music and Human-Computer Interaction. Springer Series on Cultural Computing. Springer, pp. 1–20.

DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-92069-6_1


This is the introductory chapter of a book dedicated to new research in, and emerging new understandings of, music and human-computer interaction—known for short as music interaction. Music interaction research plays a key role in innovative approaches to diverse musical activities, including performance, composition, education, analysis, production and collaborative music making. Music interaction is pivotal in new research directions in a range of activities, including audience participation, interaction between music and dancers, tools for algorithmic music, music video games, audio games, turntablism and live coding. More generally, music provides a powerful source of challenges and new ideas for human-computer interaction (HCI). This introductory chapter reviews the relationship between music and human-computer interaction and outlines research themes and issues that emerge from the collected work of researchers and practitioners in this book.

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