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New Music Concepts 2016

Enactive framework for design of Digital Music Interfaces

Part of the New Music Concepts book series (NMC volume 2)
ISBN: 978-88-6551-221-0

Author(s): Gabriel Rimoldi, Joonatas Manzolli

Abstract: This paper presents a theoretical framework focused on how some principles of Enaction can contribute to the design of Digital Music Interfaces (DMIs). Enaction comprises cognition as an emergent property resulting from the structural coupling of the organism and its environment. As opposed to the representationalist perspective, the knowledge for Enactivism is not based on a mental mirroring of nature but on the embodied experience of the subject that emerges from a peculiar view of the world on which he actuates. Through a systemic perspective, we present some principles of Enactive Interfaces and how it is reflected in the design of DMIs. The enactive approach is established from a bilateral recursion between system components through ontologies that can be dynamically adapted and restructured so that their behaviors can emerge from their interaction. Performers and interfaces are immersed in a shared autonomy system, so both co-evolve from the experience of interaction. Finally, we discuss how this approach brings relevant aspects of interaction with DMIs, primarily related to embodiment, autonomy, and agency.

Keywords: digital luthery, digital music Interfaces (DMI), enaction, music cognition