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Exploring the Benefits of 2D V isualizations for Drum Samples Retrieval

Title Exploring the Benefits of 2D V isualizations for Drum Samples Retrieval
Publication Type Conference Paper
Year of Publication 2016
Conference Name ACM on Conference on Human Information Interaction and Retrieval 2016
Authors Turquois, C. , Hermant M. , Gómez-Marín D. , & Jordà S.
Pagination 329-332
Conference Start Date 13/03/2016
Publisher ACM
Conference Location Carrboro, NC, USA
ISBN Number 978-1-4503-3751-9
Abstract This paper explores the potential benefits of using similarity-based two-dimensional classifications and their corresponding GUIs, for drum samples retrieval in a creativity-oriented context. Preliminary user studies with professional electronic music producers point up the frustration and laboriousness of finding suitable drum samples in the increasingly large libraries of sounds available, and suggest the need for alternative interfaces and approaches. To address this issue, two novel spatial visualizations (respectively organized by name and by timbre-similarity) are designed as potential alternatives to the traditional 1D list-based browsers. These visualizations are implemented and compared in a music creation task, in terms of both the exploration experience and the resulting production quality, within a system for drum kit configuration. Our study shows that spatial visualizations do improve the overall exploration experience, and reveals the potential of similarity-based arrangements for the support of creative processes.
preprint/postprint document
Final publication 10.1145/2854946.2854996