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Built to Perform: Designing Digital Musical Instruments for Professional Use

This thesis investigates the unique demands that professional musicians place on their instruments and identifies ways to address these concerns throughout the design process. With methods drawn from the fields of Human-Computer Interaction and Human-Centered Design, projects are presented that utilize user surveys, participatory design workshops, artist collaborations and applied design and engineering towards the development of new instruments and interfaces that are viable and appealing for professionals to take up into long-term practice.

Interaction and the Art of User-Centered Digital Musical Instrument Design

This thesis documents the formulation of a research-based practice in multimedia art, technology and digital musical instrument design. The primary goal of this research was to investigate the principles and methodologies involved in the structural …