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Towards a Standard for Interactive Music
KTH, School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science (EECS), Human Centered Technology, Media Technology and Interaction Design, MID. Royal College of Music. (Sound and Music Computing)ORCID iD: 0000-0003-3399-8869
2024 (English)In: Innovation in Music: Technology and Creativity / [ed] Jan-Olof Gullö, Russ Hepworth-Sawyer, Justin Paterson, Rob Toulson, Mark Marrington, London: Taylor & Francis, 2024, 1st, p. 1-16Chapter in book (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

Interactive Media is a rapidly growing market and an increasingly important target for music production. The field has attracted a lot of focus from both the industry and academia, but there is still a great potential for further development of tools and formats for content creation and implementation.

Even if music is an important component in media production, there is still no open file format for delivering and sharing interactive musical content between different applications, and the terminology varies between different applications. This study aims at finding useful terminologies and requirements for such a format.

Over a period of eight years, students, teachers, and researchers from the Royal College of Music in Stockholm (KMH) have participated with artistic visions, prototyping and testing in the development of a JavaScript framework called “iMusicXML”. In this exploratory design study, the current state of iMusicXML is analyzed to reveal important key concepts and features drawn from more than 100 student projects. Several features and solutions that have been proven useful are presented but also critiqued due to limited perspectives. It is also suggested that a wide range of users, genres, and applications should be invited to a continuing discussion about standards for interactive music.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
London: Taylor & Francis, 2024, 1st. p. 1-16
National Category
Human Computer Interaction
Research subject
Human-computer Interaction
Identifiers
URN: urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-346628DOI: 10.4324/9781003118817-14OAI: oai:DiVA.org:kth-346628DiVA, id: diva2:1859176
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QC 20240522

Part of ISBN 9781003118817

Available from: 2024-05-21 Created: 2024-05-21 Last updated: 2024-05-22Bibliographically approved
In thesis
1. Interactive Sound and Music Technology for Everyone: Designing Inclusive Standards for Web Audio Applications
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Interactive Sound and Music Technology for Everyone: Designing Inclusive Standards for Web Audio Applications
2024 (English)Doctoral thesis, comprehensive summary (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

In this compilation thesis, I examine how systems and formats can be designed to include more people in creating interactive sound and music applications. I contribute knowledge, aiming to include everyone, but focus specifically on musicians with no programming skills and little interest in technical challenges. 

I have designed, developed, and evaluated a system – WebAudioXML (WAXML) – for implementing interactive sound and music in web pages using native web technologies. The system’s design is novel, and the work contributes knowledge about how markup language and spreadsheet concepts can describe sound and music structures. The results give insights into how high-level musical representation can be structured, named, and designed to be understood by those without prior programming experience. 

I also use WAXML to address musical diversity in interactive applications. I identify and solve technical challenges where current systems struggle to implement traditionally performed music. Novel solutions are designed, evaluated, discussed, and presented in the included papers. 

The system is finally implemented in applications aimed at education and inclusion, where I evaluate them through a series of case studies. The results confirm Web Audio as a solid platform for accessible learning, sharing, and distribution of audio applications and suggest that collective efforts shaping an ecosystem with a universal format would enable even more creators to make interactive sound and music applications. 

I research FOR the art THROUGH design. The knowledge output is valid for any interactive sound and music system but specifically addresses the design of Web Audio applications. 

Abstract [sv]

I denna sammanläggningsavhandling undersöker jag hur interaktiva system och format kan utformas för att inkludera fler personer i skapandet av inter- aktiva ljud- och musikapplikationer. Jag bidrar med kunskap med målet att inkludera alla, men fokuserar särskilt på musiker utan programmeringskunskaper och med begränsat intresse för tekniska utmaningar.

Jag har designat, utvecklat och utvärderat ett system – WebAudioXML (WAXML) – för att implementera interaktivt ljud och musik på webbsidor med hjälp av standardiserade webbtekniker. Systemet är nyskapande i sin design och arbetet bidrar med kunskap om hur markup-kod and koncept från kalkylblad kan användas för att beskriva ljud- och musikstrukturer. Resultaten ger insikter i hur musikalisk representation på en övergripande nivå kan struktureras, namnges och utformas för att bli förstådd av av dem som inte har tidigare erfarenhet av programmering.

Jag använder också WAXML som plattform för att utforska möjligheter till större musikalisk mångfald i interaktiva applikationer. Jag identifierar och löser tekniska utmaningar där nuvarande system har problem med att implementera musik som spelas enligt traditionen. Jag designar, utvärderar, diskuterar och presenterar nya lösningar i de inkluderade artiklarna.

Jag tillämpar även WAXML på applikationer avsedda för utbildning och inkludering, där jag utvärderar dem genom en serie fallstudier. Dessa bekräftar Web Audio som en stabil plattform för tillgängligt lärande, delning och distribution och pekar på att gemensamma insatser för att skapa ett ekosystem med ett universellt format skulle möjliggöra för fler att kunna skapa interaktiva ljud- och musikapplikationer.

Jag bedriver forskning FÖR konsten GENOM design. Resultatet är relevant för interaktiva ljud- och musiksystem i allmänhet och Web Audio- applikationer i synnerhet.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Stockholm: KTH Royal Institute of Technology, 2024. p. 69
Series
TRITA-EECS-AVL ; 2024:52
Keywords
Interactive Music, Web Audio, Markup Language, Inclusion, Open Source Standards, Interaktiv musik, Web Audio, Markup-kod, Inkludering, Öppna Standarder
National Category
Human Computer Interaction
Research subject
Human-computer Interaction
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-346629 (URN)978-91-8040-950-6 (ISBN)
Public defence
2024-06-11, https://kmh-se.zoom.us/j/62738893688?pwd=L3hQTWZqRVg3OExJenliTE1kbnhtUT09, Lilla salen, Royal College of Music, Valhallavägen105, Stockholm, 13:00 (English)
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Available from: 2024-05-21 Created: 2024-05-21 Last updated: 2024-06-10Bibliographically approved

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