A NIME Reader

Volume 3 of the series Current Research in Systematic Musicology pp 211-222


2005: Towards a Dimension Space for Musical Devices

  • David BirnbaumAffiliated withImmersion Corporation Email author 
  • , Rebecca FiebrinkAffiliated withGoldsmiths, University of London
  • , Joseph MallochAffiliated withUniversité Paris-Saclay, ExSitu, Inria, and Université Paris-Sud, LRI and Université Paris-Saclay, CNRS
  • , Marcelo M. WanderleyAffiliated withInput Devices and Music Interaction Laboratory (IDMIL), Centre for Interdisciplinary Research in Music Media and Technology (CIRMMT), McGill University

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While several researchers have grappled with the problem of comparing musical devices across performance, installation, and related contexts, no methodology yet exists for producing holistic, informative visualizations for these devices. Drawing on existing research in performance interaction, human-computer interaction, and design space analysis, the authors propose a dimension space representation that can be adapted for visually displaying musical devices. This paper illustrates one possible application of the dimension space to existing performance and interaction systems, revealing its usefulness both in exposing patterns across existing musical devices and aiding in the design of new ones.