Beyond Evaluation : Linking Practice and Theory in New Musical Interface Design

Johnston, Andrew

Proceedings of the International Conference on New Interfaces for Musical Expression

This paper presents an approach to practice-based researchin new musical instrument design. At a high level, the process involves drawing on relevant theories and aesthetic approaches to design new instruments, attempting to identify relevant applied design criteria, and then examiningthe experiences of performers who use the instruments withparticular reference to these criteria. Outcomes of this process include new instruments, theories relating to musicianinstrument interaction and a set of design criteria informedby practice and research.