Virtual Reality Musical Instruments: State of the Art, Design Principles, and Future Directions

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Abstract

The rapid development and availability of low-cost technologies have created a wide interest in virtual reality. In the field of computer music, the term “virtual musical instruments” has been used for a long time to describe software simulations, extensions of existing musical instruments, and ways to control them with new interfaces for musical expression. Virtual reality musical instruments (VRMIs) that include a simulated visual component delivered via a head-mounted display or other forms of immersive visualization have not yet received much attention. In this article, we present a field overview of VRMIs from the viewpoint of the performer. We propose nine design guidelines, describe evaluation methods, analyze case studies, and consider future challenges.
Original languageEnglish
JournalComputer Music Journal
Volume40
Issue number3
Pages (from-to)22-40
ISSN0148-9267
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2016

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Virtual Reality Musical Instruments : State of the Art, Design Principles, and Future Directions. / Serafin, Stefania; Erkut, Cumhur; Kojs, Juraj; Nilsson, Niels Chr.; Nordahl, Rolf.

In: Computer Music Journal, Vol. 40, No. 3, 2016, p. 22-40.

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