Novice Collaboration in Solo and Accompaniment Improvisation

Anne-Marie Hansen, Hans Jørgen Andersen

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This study investigates how non-musicians engaged in a solo-accompaniment music improvisation relationship. Seven user teams interacted with two electronic music instruments integrated in two pen tablets. One instrument was a melody instrument and the other a chord instru-ment. The study was done in order to understand how future shared electronic music instruments can be de-signed to encourage non-musicians to engage in social action through music improvisation. A combination of quantitative and qualitative analysis was used to find characteristics in co-expression found in a solo-accompaniment relationship. Results of interaction data and video analysis show that 1) teams related to each other through their experience with verbal conversation, 2) users searched for harmonic relations and 3) were able to establish rhythmical grounding. The paper concludes with some design guidelines for future solo-accompaniment shared improvisation interfaces: How real time analysis of co-expression can be mapped to ad-ditional sound feedback that supports, strengthens and evolves co-expression in improvisation.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationIn proceedings of the International Conference on Sound and Music Computing 2012
Number of pages7
PublisherSound and Music Computing Network
Publication date11 Jul 2012
Publication statusPublished - 11 Jul 2012
Event9th Sound and Music Computing Conference (SMC 2012) - København, Denmark
Duration: 12 Jul 201214 Jul 2012


Conference9th Sound and Music Computing Conference (SMC 2012)

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