Designing Improvisational Interfaces

Jon McCormack, Mark d'Inverno

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    This paper examines the possibilities for creative interaction with computers, in particular modes of interaction based on improvisation and spontaneous creative discovery. We consider research findings from studies in psychology that investigate how humans improvise together to see what could be useful in helping us to design systems that provide new kinds of interactive opportunities. We draw on our personal experiences both as computer scientists working across art and music, and as practicing artists and musicians, to examine what artists and musicians would want in any system designed to support creative interaction with a computer. We bring together these different findings to propose a series of working principles which form a basis for designing systems that facilitate collaboration and improvisation with computers in creative domains.

    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationProceedings of the Seventh International Conference on Computational Creativity
    EditorsFrançois Pachet, Amilcar Cardoso, Vincent Corruble, Fiammetta Ghedini
    Place of PublicationParis, France
    PublisherSony CSL
    Number of pages8
    ISBN (Electronic)9782746691551
    Publication statusPublished - 27 Jul 2016
    EventInternational Conference on Computational Creativity 2016 - Paris, France
    Duration: 27 Jun 20161 Jul 2016
    Conference number: 7th (Conference Website) (Proceedings)


    ConferenceInternational Conference on Computational Creativity 2016
    Abbreviated titleICCC 2016
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    • Improvisation
    • Creativity
    • Human-centered design
    • Jazz
    • Art

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