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Exploiting Mimetic Theory for Instrument Design

Wigham, P and BOEHM, Carola (2016) Exploiting Mimetic Theory for Instrument Design. In: International Computer Music Conference Proceedings 2016. International Computer Music Association.

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This paper will present a first instrument and discuss its design method, derived from principles informed by mimetic theories. The purpose of these design principles is to create new and innovative digital music instruments. Even though mimetic theories are known to be important in the communication, engagement and expression of music performance, this ongoing enquiry represents the first consolidated effort to develop design principles from mimetic theories. 1, 2 As part of the project, a development cycle is being followed to produce, evaluate and improve the design principles, and as part of this paper, a first prototype will be presented. This paper covers a short description of the first prototype, describes the design process towards developing some generically applicable design principles and covers some of the underlying theories around empathy, communicative musicality and mimetic participation.

Item Type: Book Chapter, Section or Conference Proceeding
Additional Information: This open access paper was presented at the 42nd International Computer Music Conference and published in the Proceedings. Copyright the Authors.
Uncontrolled Keywords: The portfolio is made up of one conference paper published in 2016 and one journal article from 2017, first presenting the idea and design methods and critical underpinnings derived from principles informed by mimetic theories and then moving on to describing the implementation and incremental design stages. The purpose of these design principles was to create new and innovative digital music instruments. Even though mimetic theories are known to be important in the communication, engagement and expression of music performance, this ongoing enquiry represented the first consolidated effort to develop design principles from mimetic theories. In the first article, a development cycle is being proposed to evaluate and improve the design principles with a first prototype presented with generically applicable design principles described that draw from underlying theories around empathy, communicative musicality and mimetic participation. The 2017 article revisited and deepened elements important for understanding basic interaction between visual, sounding and gestural aspects of experiencing instrument performance and illustrated how music controllers are able to be enhanced through devising specific design concepts based on mimetic theory. A number of example instruments designed according to these principles were presented, specifically the BazerBow and various later prototypes.
Faculty: School of Creative Arts and Engineering > Humanities and Performing Arts
Depositing User: Users 2 not found.
Date Deposited: 06 Jun 2017 15:44
Last Modified: 01 Feb 2019 10:16
URI: http://eprints.staffs.ac.uk/id/eprint/3182

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