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Encumbered interaction: a study of musicians preparing to perform

Martinez Avila, Juan Pablo; Greenhalgh, Chris; Hazzard, Adrian; Benford, Steve; Chamberlain, Alan

Authors

Juan Pablo Martinez Avila

Chris Greenhalgh

Adrian Hazzard

Steve Benford

Alan Chamberlain



Abstract

Guitars are physical tools (for making music) that require skillful two-handed use. Their use is also supported by diverse digital and physical resources, such as videos and chord charts. To understand the challenges of interacting with supporting resources at the same time as playing we conducted an ethnographic study of the preparation activities of working musicians. We observe successive stages of individual and collaborative preparation, in which working musicians engage with a diverse range of digital and physical resources to support their preparation. Interaction with this complex ecology of digital and physical resources is finely interwoven into their embodied musical practices, which are usually encumbered by having their instrument in hand, and often by playing. We identify challenges for augmenting working tools like this by supporting interaction that is encumbered, contextual and connected, and suggest a range of possible responses.

Journal Article Type Article
Publication Date May 9, 2019
Journal Proceedings of the SIGCHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems
Publisher Association for Computing Machinery (ACM)
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 2019
APA6 Citation Martinez Avila, J. P., Greenhalgh, C., Hazzard, A., Benford, S., & Chamberlain, A. (2019). Encumbered interaction: a study of musicians preparing to perform. Proceedings of the SIGCHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems, 2019, doi:10.1145/3290605.3300706
DOI https://doi.org/10.1145/3290605.3300706
Keywords Working Musicians; Design ethnography; Artifact ecology; Encumbered interaction; Embodied interaction; Augmented instruments
Publisher URL https://dl.acm.org/citation.cfm?id=3300706
Additional Information Paper no. 476

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