Towards the realisation of a fully integrated Interactive Computer Music System (ICMS), adopting Transformative Expressive Dimensions

Meikle, GT 2017, Towards the realisation of a fully integrated Interactive Computer Music System (ICMS), adopting Transformative Expressive Dimensions , PhD thesis, University of Salford.

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The principal aim of conducting this research project is to advance the field of human-computer interaction (HCI) in music through the inception of new and exciting ideas relating to the conceptual and aesthetic values and characteristics associated with interactive computer music system (ICMS) design, development and implementation. This exploratory investigation has been carried out through the continued development of a unique screen-based ICMS, ScreenPlay, which brings together aspects of many prominent, pre-existing system design models along with other novel inclusions, such as the capability of operating as both a multi-user-and-computer collaborative, improvisatory interactive performance system and a single-user-and-computer studio compositional tool for Ableton Live, and the implementation of Markovian generative and topic-theory-inspired transformative algorithms to provide new ways of breaking routine in collaborative improvisation and generating new musical ideas in composition, as well as providing new dimensions of expressivity. The intention being that the culmination of these efforts should be the establishment of a system design model that offers the user(s)/performer(s) a significantly more engaging, intuitive and complete interactive musical experience than that afforded by any currently available system. This is not an objective that should be perceived as being born of arrogance or ignorance; many established and commercially successful ICMSs provide users with amazing and unique experiences, and the value of their contribution to the field of HCI in music is not to be underestimated or taken for granted. However, for all the relative strengths and possibilities of interacting with these systems, there is potential for improvement and evolution in equal measure. This is largely due to the tendency of ICMS developers to focus (sometimes almost exclusively) on providing the best possible experience when engaging with a system only with regard to a single parameter/characteristic of the musical output at the expense of providing depth-in-control at any level over some or any of the many other parameters/characteristics available. It is necessary for all forms of technology and art to continually improve and evolve beyond what has already been achieved in order to avoid extinction, and nowhere is this more apparent than within an innovative and niche field of research such as HCI in music.

Item Type: Thesis (PhD)
Schools: Schools > School of Arts & Media > Arts, Media and Communication Research Centre
Funders: Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC)
Depositing User: GT Meikle
Date Deposited: 15 Jan 2018 10:35
Last Modified: 27 Aug 2021 20:38

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