Sculpting a mobile musical soundtrack

Hazzard, Adrian and Benford, Steve and Burnett, Gary (2015) Sculpting a mobile musical soundtrack. In: Proceedings of the 33rd annual ACM conference on Human factors in computing systems, April 18 - 23, 2015, Seoul, Korea. (In Press)

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We present an in-the-wild project to design and study a mobile musical soundtrack that enhances the experience of visiting a sculpture park. As with soundtracks for films and games, the goal was to enhance the emotional and narrative aspects of the experience while remaining in the background. We describe a compositional approach in which we first established a broad musical landscape before treating specific exhibits with detailed musical trajectories. Our study reveals how our soundtrack dramatically shaped visitors’ experiences while they remained largely unaware of its operation. We distil seven experiential factors to be addressed by mobile soundtracks alongside ten compositional guidelines.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Additional Information: doi: 10.1145/2702123.2702236
Schools/Departments: University of Nottingham, UK > Faculty of Science > School of Computer Science
Depositing User: Benford, Steve
Date Deposited: 18 Mar 2015 17:03
Last Modified: 26 Jun 2018 12:29

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