SoundXY4: Supporting Tabletop Collaboration and Awareness with Ambisonics Spatialisation

TitleSoundXY4: Supporting Tabletop Collaboration and Awareness with Ambisonics Spatialisation
Publication TypeConference Paper
Year of Publication2014
Conference Name14th International Conference on New Interfaces for Musical Expression
AuthorsXambó, A., Roma G., Laney R., Dobbyn C., & Jordà S.
Conference Start Date30/06/2014
PublisherGoldsmiths, University of London
Conference LocationLondon
Keywordsambisonics, auditory feedback, interactive tabletops, musical improvisation, spatialisation, Tangible User Interfaces, The Art of Noise
AbstractCo-located tabletop tangible user interfaces (TUIs) for mu- sic performance are known for promoting multi-player col- laboration with a shared interface, yet it is still unclear how to best support the awareness of the workspace in terms of understanding individual actions and the other group mem- bers actions, in parallel. In this paper, we investigate the effects of providing auditory feedback using ambisonics spa- tialisation, aimed at informing users about the location of the tangibles on the tabletop surface, with groups of mixed musical backgrounds. Participants were asked to impro- vise music on “SoundXY4: The Art of Noise”, a tabletop system that includes sound samples inspired by Russolo’s taxonomy of noises. We compared spatialisation vs. no- spatialisation conditions, and findings suggest that, when using spatialisation, there was a clearer workspace aware- ness, and a greater engagement in the musical activity as an immersive experience.