Music of 18 Performances: Evaluating Apps and Agents with Free Improvisation

Charles Martin, Henry Gardner, Ben Swift, Michael Martin

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    Abstract

    We present a study where a small group of experienced iPad musicians evaluated a system of three musical touch-screen apps and two server-based agents over 18 controlled improvisations. The performers perspectives were recorded through surveys, interviews, and interaction data. Our agent classifies the touch gestures of the performers and identifies new sections in the improvisations while a control agent returns similar messages sourced from a statistical model. The three touch-screen apps respond according to design paradigms of reward, support, and disruption. In this study of an ongoing musical practice, significant effects were observed due to the apps interfaces and how they respond to agent interactions. The reward app received the highest ratings. The results were used to iterate the app designs for later performances
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationMusic of 18 Performances: Evaluating Apps and Agents with Free Improvisation
    Place of PublicationAustralia
    PublisherAustralasian Computer Music Association
    Pages85-94
    EditionPeer Reviewed
    Publication statusPublished - 2015
    EventAustralasian Computer Music Conference 2015 ACMC2015-MAKE! - Sydney, Australia, Australia
    Duration: 1 Jan 2015 → …

    Conference

    ConferenceAustralasian Computer Music Conference 2015 ACMC2015-MAKE!
    Country/TerritoryAustralia
    Period1/01/15 → …
    Other18-21 November 2015

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