Songverse: a digital musical instrument based on Virtual Reality

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https://doi.org/10.5753/jis.2020.749

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virtual reality, computer-generated music, musical instrument digital interfaces, human-computer interaction

Abstract

We can define Digital Musical Instruments (DMIs) as hardware-software solutions that are interactive and crafted to output sound according to users' input. DMIs are well known to unleash users' creativity but also to allow different and innovative experiences for the creation process, for example, smoothing the learning curve towards musical concepts such as rhythm and composition. On the other hand, Virtual Reality (VR) allows users to explore spatial interfaces in a natural and limitless way, which shows potential synergy towards the rise of new DMIs. In this paper, we introduce Songverse, an immersive DMI placed in a Virtual Reality scenario that allows users to create music by interacting with an environment designed to resemble the outer space. By adding systems, planets, and satellites to the virtual environment, the user can shape the produced sound through interactions that were extensively tested during the development phase. We then evaluated the instrument with musicians and non-musicians by interviewing and applying the System Usability Scale (SUS) to assess the easiness for people to create music using Songverse. As a result, users reported the use of the DMI as intuitive and easy to use, also highlighting the produced song as enjoyable.

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2020-10-10

How to Cite

COSTA, W. de L.; FILGUEIRA, D.; ANANIAS, L.; BARIONI, R.; FIGUEIREDO, L. S.; TEICHRIEB, V. Songverse: a digital musical instrument based on Virtual Reality. Journal on Interactive Systems, Porto Alegre, RS, v. 11, n. 1, p. 57–65, 2020. DOI: 10.5753/jis.2020.749. Disponível em: https://sol.sbc.org.br/journals/index.php/jis/article/view/749. Acesso em: 17 jan. 2021.

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