Discourse Analysis Evaluation Method for Expressive Musical Interfaces

Stowell, Dan and Plumbley, Mark D. and Bryan-Kinns, Nick

Proceedings of the International Conference on New Interfaces for Musical Expression

The expressive and creative affordances of an interface aredifficult to evaluate, particularly with quantitative methods.However, rigorous qualitative methods do exist and can beused to investigate such topics. We present a methodologybased around user studies involving Discourse Analysis ofspeech. We also present an example of the methodologyin use: we evaluate a musical interface which utilises vocaltimbre, with a user group of beatboxers.