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Keep the VRhythm going: A musician-centred study investigating how Virtual Reality can support creative musical practice

Ppali, Sophia, Lalioti, Vali, Branch, Boyd, Ang, Chee Siang, Thomas, Andrew, Wohl, Bea, Covaci, Alexandra (2022) Keep the VRhythm going: A musician-centred study investigating how Virtual Reality can support creative musical practice. In: CHI '22: Proceedings of the 2022 CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems. . pp. 1-19. ACM ISBN 978-1-4503-9157-3. (doi:10.1145/3491102.3501922) (KAR id:96060)

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The acoustic and visual experiences of musicians in the spaces they perform in are complex and organic in nature, entailing a continuous interaction with the environment. With this project, we leverage the power of Virtual Reality (VR) to support musicians in their creative practice by transporting them to novel sonic and visual worlds. For this, we developed a musician-centred VR system, featuring various acoustic and visual virtual environments, VR Rehearse & Perform, based on design requirements gathered with musicians and performance experts. To investigate how VR can be designed to support music-makers in their creative musical practice, we performed iterative tests with 19 musicians followed by semi-structured interviews. Our findings suggest that VR has the potential to support different aspects of the creative musical practice, such as rehearsing, performing and improvising. Our research provides insights and inspirations toward designing musician-centred VR experiences for various musical activities.

Item Type: Conference or workshop item (Proceeding)
DOI/Identification number: 10.1145/3491102.3501922
Uncontrolled keywords: Virtual Reality, Music, Musical practice, Rehearsing, Performing, Improvisation, Creativity
Subjects: M Music and Books on Music
T Technology > T Technology (General)
Divisions: Divisions > Division of Computing, Engineering and Mathematical Sciences > School of Engineering and Digital Arts
Depositing User: Sophia Ppali
Date Deposited: 04 Aug 2022 15:31 UTC
Last Modified: 11 Aug 2022 11:43 UTC
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