Special Issue "Musical Interactions"

Special Issue Editor

Guest Editor
Dr. Insook Choi

University of Salford, Salford M5 4WT, UK
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Interests: human computer interaction; multimodal interfaces; interdisciplinary research; cognition; AI; simulation and modelling; multimedia performance

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Music is a structured sonic event for listening, which evolves around literature, performance repertoire and instrument design. Musical interaction occurs in a framework where a tight loop between sensory integration, cognitive appraisal and multimodal coordination is performed as time-critical processing, necessitated by social interaction, often only implied. Music making and music affect are conducive to multimodal associations, as reflected in song, dance and ceremony, and in movie and video game sound tracks.

Multimodality of musical performance and listening experience are well recognised in research across multimedia modelling, music information retrieval, music therapy, enactive interfaces, and new interfaces for musical expression. Proliferation of embedded systems for multimedia and action sensing includes mobiles and wearables, personal data appliances, equipment for medicine, sports and wellness, as well as game play and socialization. Across this spectrum, where is it desirable to apply musical interactions and the lessons we have learned?

Listeners’ auditory percept is transformed by seeing musicians play. Not unlike speech production and recognition, there is always an element of re-enacting motor production while listening. Playing while listening creates context for multimodal experience enhanced by AI and sensory signal processing. Musical interactions can be defined over a wide range of models and simulations, from physical and biological to linguistic and emotional. Players of all ages and skill levels may be engaged with musical play, which has known benefits ranging from increased social engagement to resilience from brain-related injury and aging.

This Special Issue aims to present perspectives from interdisciplinary research domains such as AI, HCI, multimodal interaction, playful interfaces, music supported therapy, and neuroscience to generate insights and better understandings of multisensory experience and multimodality through musical interaction, for a broader implication beyond the domain of music.

Dr. Insook Choi
Guest Editor

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  • Human computer interaction
  • AI
  • Multimodal interaction
  • Playful interfaces
  • Music supported therapy
  • Multimodal cognition
  • User-related studies
  • Music computation
  • Multimodal signal processing

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