Authors:Mahtab Ghamsari, Amandine Pras, Marcelo M. Wanderley
Publication or Conference Title:Proceedings of the 10th International Symposium on Computer Music Multidisciplinary Research (CMMR2013)
Digital Music Instruments (DMIs) have become popular in research labs and the physical computing community, and lately among performers of experimental music. Nevertheless, lacking the historical background enjoyed by acoustic instruments, it is difficult to compare and evaluate DMIs. In this paper, we detail a user study that aims to explore a unique DMI called the “Ballagumi” and to compare 2 distinct mappings designed for its interface. Our study benefits from the participants’ musical expertise and qualitative analysis of verbal descriptions collected after replication tasks and improvisations to gain valuable in- sights on musical interactions with DMIs. The study also helps to demonstrate the role of mapping in musical interactions.