SoundXY4: Supporting Tabletop Collaboration and Awareness with Ambisonics Spatialisation

Anna Xambó, Gerard Roma, Robin Laney, Chris Dobbyn, Sergi Jordà

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Abstract

Co-located tabletop tangible user interfaces (TUIs) for music performance are known for promoting multi-player collaboration with a shared interface, yet it is still unclear how to best support the awareness of the workspace in terms of understanding individual actions and the other group members actions, in parallel. In this paper, we investigate the effects of providing auditory feedback using ambisonics spatialisation, aimed at informing users about the location of the tangibles on the tabletop surface, with groups of mixed musical backgrounds. Participants were asked to improvise music on “SoundXY4: The Art of Noise”, a tabletop system that includes sound samples inspired by Russolo’s taxonomy of noises. We compared spatialisation vs. nospatialisation conditions, and findings suggest that, when using spatialisation, there was a clearer workspace awareness, and a greater engagement in the musical activity as an immersive experience.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication Proceedings of the 2014 International Conference on New Interfaces for Musical Expression
Pages40-45
Number of pages6
Publication statusPublished - 2014
Externally publishedYes
Event14th International Conference on New Interfaces for Musical Expression - Goldsmith, University of London, London, United Kingdom
Duration: 30 Jun 20143 Jul 2014
Conference number: 14
http://www.nime.org/nime2014/ (Link to Call for Participation)

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ISSN (Electronic)2220-4806

Conference

Conference14th International Conference on New Interfaces for Musical Expression
Abbreviated titleNIME 2014
CountryUnited Kingdom
CityLondon
Period30/06/143/07/14
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    Xambó, A., Roma, G., Laney, R., Dobbyn, C., & Jordà, S. (2014). SoundXY4: Supporting Tabletop Collaboration and Awareness with Ambisonics Spatialisation. In Proceedings of the 2014 International Conference on New Interfaces for Musical Expression (pp. 40-45)