Communities of sound: Examining meaningful engagement with generative music making and virtual ensembles

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Title Communities of sound: Examining meaningful engagement with generative music making and virtual ensembles
Author Dillon, Steve; Adkins, Barbara; Brown, Andrew Robert; Hirche, Kathy
Journal Name International Journal of Community Music
Year Published 2009
Place of publication United Kingdom
Publisher Intellect Ltd
Abstract In this article, we examine the affordances of the concept of 'network jamming' as a means of facilitating social and cultural interaction, that provides a basis for unified communities that use sound and visual media as their key expressive medium. This article focuses upon the development of a means of measuring social and musical benefit through correlation with meaningful engagement and provides examples of inclusive ensembles, and the specification of musical knowledge through algorithmic and educational experience design. This research builds on the design and development of the jam2jam 'family' of generative software and hardware applications. An emerging theoretical model for observing meaningful engagement in community music making is examined against three case studies selected from a larger scale long-termed research project. In this analysis of case studies we specifically employ an observational tool called the meaningful engagement matrix, discuss its development and describe how it functions to feed back data which informs software development, theories of social engagement and experience design.
Peer Reviewed Yes
Published Yes
Alternative URI http://dx.doi.org/10.1386/ijcm.1.3.357_1
Copyright Statement Copyright 2009 Intellect Ltd . This is the author-manuscript version of this paper. Reproduced in accordance with the copyright policy of the publisher. Please refer to the journal website for access to the definitive, published version.
Volume 1
Issue Number 3
Page from 357
Page to 374
ISSN 1752-6299
Date Accessioned 2011-07-11
Language en_AU
Research Centre Queensland Conservatorium Research Centre; Centre for Creative Arts Research
Faculty Queensland Conservatorium
Subject Performing Arts and Creative Writing
URI http://hdl.handle.net/10072/39891
Publication Type Journal Articles (Refereed Article)
Publication Type Code c1x

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