Arts and Technology. Second International Conference, ArtsIT 2011, Esbjerg, Denmark, December 10-11, 2011, Revised Selected Papers

Research Article

Assistive Technology and Performance Behaviours in Music Improvisation

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  • @INPROCEEDINGS{10.1007/978-3-642-33329-3_8,
        author={Ben Challis and Rob Smith},
        title={Assistive Technology and Performance Behaviours in Music Improvisation},
        proceedings={Arts and Technology. Second International Conference, ArtsIT 2011, Esbjerg, Denmark, December 10-11, 2011, Revised Selected Papers},
        proceedings_a={ARTSIT},
        year={2012},
        month={10},
        keywords={Accessibility disability music improvisation technology},
        doi={10.1007/978-3-642-33329-3_8}
    }
    
  • Ben Challis
    Rob Smith
    Year: 2012
    Assistive Technology and Performance Behaviours in Music Improvisation
    ARTSIT
    Springer
    DOI: 10.1007/978-3-642-33329-3_8
Ben Challis1,*, Rob Smith1,*
  • 1: University of Glamorgan
*Contact email: bchallis@glam.ac.uk, rksmith@glam.ac.uk

Abstract

The findings from three trial workshops with a group of music-learners with physical disabilities have culminated in an initial design for a novel interactive music-generation system. Using a variety of commercially available music-technologies in a synchronised set-up, the target group identified those aspects of both music production and accessible interaction that were most appealing and productive. The proposed design places equal emphasis on improvisation and accessibility, generating rhythmic, harmonic and melodic patterns that an individual can trigger and manipulate. The system will also allow a group of improvisers to work together offering variable levels of synchronization based on individual need or preference. A prototype system is currently under development.