Interactive Digital Music: Enhancing Listener Engagement with Commercial Music

Toulson, R., Paterson, J., Lever, S., Webster, T., Massey, S. and Ritter, J. 2017. Interactive Digital Music: Enhancing Listener Engagement with Commercial Music. in: Hepworth-Sawyer, R., Hodgson, J., Toulson, R. and Paterson, J.L (ed.) Innovation In Music II Shoreham-by-Sea, UK Future Technology Press. pp. 193-209

Chapter titleInteractive Digital Music: Enhancing Listener Engagement with Commercial Music
AuthorsToulson, R., Paterson, J., Lever, S., Webster, T., Massey, S. and Ritter, J.
EditorsHepworth-Sawyer, R., Hodgson, J., Toulson, R. and Paterson, J.L
Abstract

Listeners have long been inspired to interact with music and create new representations of popular releases. Vinyl offered many opportunities to reappropriate chart music, from scratching and tempo manipulation to mixing multiple songs together. More recently, artists could engage their audience to interact with their music by offering mix-stems online for experimentation and sharing. With the extended processing power of mobile devices, the opportunities for interactive music are dramatically increasing.

This paper presents research that demonstrates a novel approach to interactive digital music. The research looks at the emergent format of the album app and extends existing paradigms of interactive music playback. The novel album app designed in this research presents a new opportunity for listeners to engage with recorded content by allowing them to explore alternative takes, renditions of a given song in multiple genres, and by allowing direct interaction with embedded mix-stems. The resultant audio remains true to the artist and producer’s studio vision; it is user-influenced, but machine-controlled. The research is conducted in collaboration with artist Daisy and The Dark and was funded by the UK Arts and Humanities Research Council.

KeywordsInteractive Digital Music
Book titleInnovation In Music II
Page range193-209
Year2017
PublisherFuture Technology Press
Fileinmusic15-033-PatersonToulson-Final.pdf
Publication dates
Published16 Jan 2017
Place of publicationShoreham-by-Sea, UK
ISBN9781911108047
Web address (URL)https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/1911108042/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_ep_dp_6s5RybC464C5V

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