Cross-pollinating ecological perspectives in ADMI design and evaluation

Alex Lucas*, Jacob Harrison, Franziska Schroeder, Miguel Ortiz

*Corresponding author for this work

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter (peer-reviewed)peer-review

30 Downloads (Pure)


This paper explores ecological perspectives of human activity in the use of digital musical instruments and assistive technology. While such perspectives are relatively nascent in DMI design and evaluation, ecological frameworks have a long-standing foundation in occupational therapy and the design of assistive technology products and services. Informed by two case studies, the authors critique, compare and marry concepts from each domain to guide future research into accessible music technology. The authors discover that ecological frameworks used by occupational therapists are useful in describing the nature of individual impairment, disability and situated context. However, such frameworks seemingly flounder when attempting to describe the personal value of music-making.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the International Conference on New Interfaces for Musical Expression (NIME 2021)
Number of pages22
Publication statusPublished - 29 Apr 2021
EventInternational Conference on New Interfaces for Musical Expression 2021 - New York University Shanghai, Shanghai, China
Duration: 15 Jun 202118 Jun 2021

Publication series

NameNIME Proceedings Archive
ISSN (Electronic)2220-4806


ConferenceInternational Conference on New Interfaces for Musical Expression 2021
Abbreviated titleNIME 2021
Internet address


Dive into the research topics of 'Cross-pollinating ecological perspectives in ADMI design and evaluation'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

Cite this