Towards new modes of collective musical expression through audio augmented reality

Chevalier, Cecile and Kiefer, Chris (2018) Towards new modes of collective musical expression through audio augmented reality. New Interfaces for Musical Expression, Virginia Tech, Virginia, USA, June 3 - 6, 2018. Published in: Proceedings of the International Conference on New Interfaces for Musical Expression. Association for Computing Machinery ISSN 2220-4806

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We investigate how audio augmented reality can engender new collective modes of musical expression in the context of a sound art installation, Listening Mirrors, exploring the creation of interactive sound environments for musicians and non-musicians alike. Listening Mirrors is designed to incorporate physical objects and computational systems for altering the acoustic environment, to enhance collective listening and challenge traditional musician-instrument performance. At a formative stage in exploring audio AR technology, we conducted an audience experience study investigating questions around the potential of audio AR in creating sound installation environments for collective musical expression.

We collected interview evidence about the participants' experience and analysed the data with using a grounded theory approach. The results demonstrated that the technology has the potential to create immersive spaces where an audience can feel safe to experiment musically, and showed how AR can intervene in sound perception to instrumentalise an environment. The results also revealed caveats about the use of audio AR, mainly centred on social inhibition and seamlessness of experience, and finding a balance between mediated worlds to create space for interplay between the two.

Item Type: Conference Proceedings
Keywords: augmented reality, sound art installation, collective musical expression, mobile music making
Schools and Departments: School of Media, Film and Music > Media and Film
School of Media, Film and Music > Music
Research Centres and Groups: Centre for Research in Creative and Performing Arts
Subjects: M Music. Literature on music. Musical instruction and study > M Music
N Fine Arts
Q Science > QA Mathematics > QA0075 Electronic computers. Computer science
Q Science > QC Physics > QC0221 Acoustics. Sound
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Depositing User: Chris Kiefer
Date Deposited: 10 Apr 2018 16:04
Last Modified: 09 Feb 2021 12:31

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