Music and HCIMusic and HCI
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Example Issues

Position papers on any topic related to the workshop goals are welcome.
The following issues are simply illustrative.


  • What is the relationship between creative practice and Music Interaction design, and how does this differ from other open-ended creative domains?
  • How does the relationship between a performer and a digital musical instrument differ from more familiar human-computer relationships
  • What are the roles of surprise, playfulness, complexity and difficulty in designing for creative interactions in music, and in the broader domain of interaction design?
  • What can Music Interaction teach HCI about physicality and embodiment?
  • What lessons can be learned for HCI from musical performativity and spectatorship?
  • How can Music Interaction be usefully evaluated, and are there lessons from evaluation in Music Interaction for HCI more generally?
  • What lessons can be learned in interaction generally from interfaces for musical rhythm?
  • What is the role of parameter mapping in the effectiveness of expressive musical interfaces
  • What challenges do hacking, appropriation and maker-culture raise for Music Interaction?
  • What can collaborative music making teach us about interaction in collaborative settings?
  • What role does spatial cognition play in Music Interaction?
  • What lessons can be learned about interaction design from the evolution of musical instruments?
  • How can the complementary concerns of performativity and spectatorship in musical settings inform our understanding of interaction design in public settings?

Background to the workshop

Because 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.

Last modified 27 November 2015 at 5:44 pm by simon