Digital Musical Interactions: Performer-System Relationships and their Perception by Spectators

Michael Gurevich

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This article adopts an ecological view of digital musical interactions, first considering the relationship between performers and digital systems, and then spectators’ perception of these interactions. We provide evidence that the relationships between performers and digital music systems are not necessarily instrumental in the same was as they are with acoustic systems, and nor should they always strive to be. Furthermore, we report results of a study suggesting that spectators may not perceive such interactions in the same way as performances with musical instruments. We present implications for the design of digital musical interactions, suggesting that designers should embrace the reality that digital systems are malleable and dynamic, and may engage performers and spectators in different modalities, sometimes simultaneously.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)166-175
Number of pages10
JournalOrganised Sound
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - Aug 2011

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Music
  • Computer Science Applications


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