Passively Augmenting Mobile Devices Towards Hybrid Musical Instrument Design

Michon, Romain and Smith, Julius O. and Wright, Matthew and Chafe, Chris and Granzow, John and Wang, Ge

Proceedings of the International Conference on New Interfaces for Musical Expression

Mobile devices constitute a generic platform to make standalone musical instruments for live performance. However, they were not designed for such use and have multiple limitations when compared to other types of instruments. We introduce a framework to quickly design and prototype passive mobile device augmentations to leverage existing features of the device for the end goal of mobile musical instruments. An extended list of examples is provided and the results of a workshop, organized partly to evaluate our framework, are provided.