HCI and Music: Squaring the Circle

Holland, Simon and Alty, Jim (1993). HCI and Music: Squaring the Circle. In: INTERCHI 1993 (Joint meeting of ACM SIGCHI and INTERACT), 24-29 Apr 1993, Amsterdam.


Better interface techniques have contributed significantly to the music creation process. No self-respecting composer can now function effectively without their favourite computer-based music editor, sequencer, and synthesiser. Graphical interfaces add a spatial dimension to the compositional process. The aural dimension offered by music has, however, been largely ignored in interface design. The human ear is capable of receiving and interpreting exceedingly complex musical sounds, but this capability has never really been exploited. Why is this, and how might we take advantage of this rich channel of communication?

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