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      Evaluating Musical Software Using Conceptual Metaphors

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      People and Computers XXIII Celebrating People and Technology (HCI)

      Computers XXIII Celebrating People and Technology

      1 - 5 September 2009

      Embodied cognition, image schemas, conceptual metaphors, user interface design, tonal harmony, Harmony Space

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          An open challenge for interaction designers is to find ways of designing software to enhance the ability of novices to perform tasks that normally require specialized domain expertise. This challenge is particularly demanding in areas such as music analysis, where complex, abstract, domain-specific concepts and notations occur. One promising theoretical foundation for this work involves the identification of conceptual metaphors and image schemas, found by analyzing discourse. This kind of analysis has already been applied, with some success, both to musical concepts and, separately, to user interface design. The present work appears to be the first to combine these hitherto distinct bodies of research, with the aim of devising a general method for improving user interfaces for music. Some areas where this may require extensions to existing method are noted.

          This paper presents the results of an exploratory evaluation of Harmony Space, a tool for playing, analysing and learning about harmony. The evaluation uses conceptual metaphors and image schemas elicited from the dialogues of experienced musicians discussing the harmonic progressions in a piece of music. Examples of where the user interface supports the conceptual metaphors, and where support could be improved, are discussed. The potential use of audio output to support conceptual metaphors and image schemas is considered.

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          Conference
          September 2009
          September 2009
          : 232-237
          Affiliations
          Centre for Research in Computing

          Open University

          Milton Keynes, MK7 6AA

          +44 (0)1908 274 066
          The Computing Department

          Open University

          Milton Keynes, MK7 6AA

          +44 (0)1908 332 570
          Knowledge Media Institute

          Open University

          Milton Keynes, MK7 6AA

          +44 (0)1908 654 506
          Article
          10.14236/ewic/HCI2009.27
          © Katie Wilkie et al. Published by BCS Learning and Development Ltd. People and Computers XXIII Celebrating People and Technology, Churchill College Cambridge, UK

          This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 Unported License. To view a copy of this license, visit http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/

          People and Computers XXIII Celebrating People and Technology
          HCI
          Churchill College Cambridge, UK
          1 - 5 September 2009
          Electronic Workshops in Computing (eWiC)
          Computers XXIII Celebrating People and Technology
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          Product Information: 1477-9358BCS Learning & Development
          Self URI (journal page): https://ewic.bcs.org/
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          Electronic Workshops in Computing

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