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Investigation of the use of Multi-Touch Gestures in Music Interaction

Arner, Nicholas Franklin (2013) Investigation of the use of Multi-Touch Gestures in Music Interaction. MSc by research thesis, University of York.

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Abstract

The thesis explores the use of multi-touch gestures in the use of interactive music apps run on mobile devices. With the growing popularity of mobile, multi-touch devices such as the iPad, more and more people have the chance to interact with music in a creative setting. However, many of these apps are based on traditional analogue music equipment, employing metaphors to physical interaction elements such as rotary knobs and faders. User preference for musical interaction is researched. Three apps were developed for this investigation: two apps employ skeuomorphic UI elements (rotary knobs and faders), and the third employs multi-touch gestures. All three apps allow the user to interact with a granular synthesizer. User tests show that if users want an app that will allow them to explore music in a manner they would describe as “intuitive, interactive, creative, and playful”, then a multi-touch gestural app is the preferred option. However, if users want to be able to intricately modify and edit music, then an app implementing a skeuomorphic design paradigm is the preferred option.

Item Type: Thesis (MSc by research)
Keywords: Music Technology, HCI, Gestures, Multi-Touch, iOS, Interactive Composition
Academic Units: The University of York > Electronics (York)
Depositing User: Mr Nicholas Franklin Arner
Date Deposited: 25 Mar 2014 13:07
Last Modified: 25 Mar 2014 13:07
URI: http://etheses.whiterose.ac.uk/id/eprint/5312

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