Study Two

Lockdowns and Home Brew'd Digital Musical Instruments

The focus of this study was to investigate the influence of material properties on the design of DMIs. We wanted a better understanding of how people make DMIs when the sound they produce is constrained to that of specific materials (for the purpose of this study - wood, rubber, metal and ceramic). We are interested in how the sound will (or not) guide and inform the design process. The Research questions we seek to explore are:

How do musicians approach the design of a new musical instrument when its sound is constrained to a recognisable material timbre? 

What is the influence of musical expertise and back- ground on this design process? 

The study was designed to be conducted by participants in their own homes, where they each created 4 new prototype DMIs using a design probe kit and ‘found’ objects. We were particularly interested in the tangible objects used by participants to complete the instrument design process and the relationship of these objects to the four provided sound models.

Below, links to items used in the study and a document of the artefacts created by our participant during the study. For a more complete overview of the procedure and over arching project please see...

Study Guide

The Study Guide document provided as part of the design probes can be found here...

Backing Track

The backing track used by participants during the performance task can be found here...

Research Artefacts

Multimedia footage of the dmis lovingly crafted by human can be found here...

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