As NIME's focus has expanded beyond the design reports which were pervasive in the early days to include studies and experiments involving music control devices, we report on a particular area of activity that has been overlooked: designs of music devices in experimental contexts. We demonstrate this is distinct from designing for artistic performances, with a unique set of novel challenges. A survey of methodological approaches to experiments in NIME reveals a tendency to rely on existing instruments or evaluations of new devices designed for broader creative application. We present two examples from our own studies that reveal the merits of designing purpose-built devices for experimental contexts.
|Title of host publication||Conference on New Interfaces for Musical Expression - Proceedings|
|Place of Publication||Oslo, Norway|
|Publication status||Published - 2011|