In-the-moment and Beyond: Combining Post-hoc and Real-Time Data for the Study of Audience Perception of Electronic Music Performance

  • S. M. Astrid BinEmail author
  • Fabio Morreale
  • Nick Bryan-Kinns
  • Andrew P. McPherson
Conference paper
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 10513)


This paper presents a methodology for the study of audience perception of live performances, using a combined approach of post-hoc and real-time data. We conducted a study that queried audience enjoyment and their perception of error in digital musical instrument (DMI) performance. We collected quantitative and qualitative data from the participants via paper survey after each performance and at the end of the concert, and during the performances spectators were invited to indicate moments of enjoyment and incidences of error using a two-button mobile app interface. This produced 58 paired post-hoc and real-time data sets for analysis. We demonstrate that real-time indication of error does not translate to reported non-enjoyment and post-hoc and real-time data sets are not necessarily consistent for each participant. In conclusion we make the case for a combined approach to audience studies in live performance contexts.


Audience studies Error Performance studies 



We extend our warm thanks to Dianne Verdonk, Tim Exile, and our enthusiastic audience for their gracious participation. This work is funded by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) through the Media and Arts Technology Programme, a Research Councils UK Centre for Doctoral Training (EP/G03723X/1).


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Authors and Affiliations

  • S. M. Astrid Bin
    • 1
    Email author
  • Fabio Morreale
    • 1
  • Nick Bryan-Kinns
    • 1
  • Andrew P. McPherson
    • 1
  1. 1.Centre for Digital MusicQueen Mary University of LondonLondonUK

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