A Methodological Framework for Teaching, Evaluating and Informing NIME Design with a Focus on Expressiveness and Mapping

TitleA Methodological Framework for Teaching, Evaluating and Informing NIME Design with a Focus on Expressiveness and Mapping
Publication TypeConference Paper
Year of Publication2014
Conference Name14th International Conference on New Interfaces for Musical Expression
AuthorsJordà, S., & Mealla S.
Pagination233-238
Conference Start Date30/06/2014
PublisherGoldsmiths, University of London
Conference LocationLondon
Keywordsdesign, evaluation, expressiveness, framework, mapping, methods, NIME, teaching
AbstractThe maturation process of the NIME field has brought a growing interest in teaching the design and implementa- tion of Digital Music Instruments (DMIs) as well as in find- ing objective evaluation methods to assess the suitability of these outcomes. In this paper we propose a methodology for teaching NIME design and a set of tools meant to inform the design process. This approach has been applied in a master course focused on the exploration of expressiveness and on the role of the mapping component in the NIME cre- ation chain, through hands-on and self-reflective approach based on a restrictive setup consisting of smart-phones and the Pd programming language. Working Groups were formed, and a 2-step DMI design process was applied, including 2 performance stages. The evaluation tools assessed both System and Performance as- pects of each project, according to Listeners’ impressions after each performance. Listeners’ previous music knowl- edge was also considered. Through this methodology, stu- dents with different backgrounds were able to effectively engage in the NIME design processes, developing working DMI prototypes according to the demanded requirements; the assessment tools proved to be consistent for evaluating NIMEs systems and performances, and the fact of inform- ing the design processes with the outcome of the evaluation, showed a traceable progress in the students’ outcomes.
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