Evaluating Interactive Music Systems : An HCI Approach

Hsu, William and Sosnick, Marc

Proceedings of the International Conference on New Interfaces for Musical Expression

In this paper, we discuss a number of issues related to the design of evaluation tests for comparing interactive music systems for improvisation. Our testing procedure covers rehearsal and performance environments, and captures the experiences of a musician/participant as well as an audience member/observer. We attempt to isolate salient components of system behavior, and test whether the musician or audience are able to discern between systems with significantly different behavioral components. We report on our experiences with our testing methodology, in comparative studies of our London and ARHS improvisation systems [1].