Background to the workshopBecause of the demanding, abstract, social, non-verbal nature of music, interaction design in music can be a valuable source of challenges and new ideas for HCI. Reflecting musicís role as an evolutionarily deep-rooted, real-time, complex social activity, interaction design in music can make unusual demands, which can lead to inspirational or novel solutions of wider relevance to mainstream HCI.
Musical disciplines have their own longstanding traditions in the design of interactive systems - consequently, while Music Interaction has great commonality with HCI, there are valuable differences in perspective to be explored to the benefit of both communities.
There is an active research community in Music and HCI, as evidenced by a CHI Panel in 2012 with an emphasis on design for music consumption, a CHI SIG in 2013, and a CHI course on Creating Musical Interfaces in 2015. A particular focus for such research can be found in the New Interfaces For Musical Expression Conference that developed out of a 2001 CHI workshop of the same name. However, the focus of this community is generally and justifiably on specifically musical ends, rather than encouraging reflection on implications for the wider field of HCI. This gap creates a significant opportunity for a CHI workshop to make distinctive contributions both to the HCI and to the Music Interaction research communities.
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