Musician Fantasies of Dialectical Interaction: Mixed-Initiative Interaction and the Open Work

  • Leonardo ImpettEmail author
  • Isak Herman
  • Patrick K. A. Wollner
  • Alan F. Blackwell
Conference paper
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 9170)


We compare some recent trends in mixed-initiative HCI and interactive electronic music, and consider what useful knowledge can be shared between them. We then present two novel principles for understanding the nature of this common trend: \(spaces of co-agency\) and dialectical interaction; and discuss some of the philosophical and technical challenges they present in relation to musical interaction. A technically advanced prototype, the Mephistophone, is discussed as a case-study for understanding these design principles, concluding with some more general points for creative mixed-initiative interaction.


HCI Interactive music Haptic control Mixed-initiative interaction Augmented cognition 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Leonardo Impett
    • 1
    Email author
  • Isak Herman
    • 2
  • Patrick K. A. Wollner
    • 1
  • Alan F. Blackwell
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of EngineeringUniversity of CambridgeCambridgeEngland
  2. 2.Computer LaboratoryUniversity of CambridgeCambridgeEngland

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