Designing for the iPad: Magic Fiddle

Wang, Ge and Oh, Jieun and Lieber, Tom

Proceedings of the International Conference on New Interfaces for Musical Expression

This paper describes the origin, design, and implementation of Smule’s Magic Fiddle, an expressive musical instrument for the iPad. Magic Fiddle takes advantage of the physical aspects of the device to integrate game-like and pedagogical elements. We describe the origin of Magic Fiddle, chronicle its design process, discuss its integrated music education system, and evaluate the overall experience.