Decay in Collaborative Music Making

Bryan-Kinns, Nick and Healey, Patrick G.

Proceedings of the International Conference on New Interfaces for Musical Expression

This paper reports on ongoing studies of the design and use ofsupport for remote group music making. In this paper weoutline the initial findings of a recent study focusing on thefunction of decay of contributions in collaborative musicmaking. Findings indicate that persistent contributions lendthemselves to individual musical composition and learningnovel interfaces, whilst contributions that quickly decayengender a more focused musical interaction in experiencedparticipants.