Using affective and behavioural sensors to explore aspects of collaborative music making. Morgan, E.; Gunes, H.; and Bryan-Kinns, N. International Journal of Human-Computer Studies, 82:31–47, Academic Press Inc., 10, 2015.
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Our research considers the role that new technologies could play in supporting emotional and non-verbal interactions between musicians during co-present music making. To gain a better understanding of the underlying affective and communicative processes that occur during such interactions, we carried out an exploratory study where we collected self-report and continuous behavioural and physiological measures from pairs of improvising drummers. Our analyses revealed interesting relationships between creative decisions and changes in heart rate. Self-reported measures of creativity, engagement, and energy were correlated with body motion; whilst EEG beta-band activity was correlated with self-reported positivity and leadership. Regarding co-visibility, lack of visual contact between musicians had a negative influence on self reported creativity. The number of glances between musicians was positively correlated with rhythmic synchrony, and the average length of glances was correlated with self-reported boredom. Our results indicate that ECG, motion, and glance measurements could be particularly suitable for the investigation of collaborative music making.
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  title     = "Using affective and behavioural sensors to explore aspects of collaborative music making",
  abstract  = "Our research considers the role that new technologies could play in supporting emotional and non-verbal interactions between musicians during co-present music making. To gain a better understanding of the underlying affective and communicative processes that occur during such interactions, we carried out an exploratory study where we collected self-report and continuous behavioural and physiological measures from pairs of improvising drummers. Our analyses revealed interesting relationships between creative decisions and changes in heart rate. Self-reported measures of creativity, engagement, and energy were correlated with body motion; whilst EEG beta-band activity was correlated with self-reported positivity and leadership. Regarding co-visibility, lack of visual contact between musicians had a negative influence on self reported creativity. The number of glances between musicians was positively correlated with rhythmic synchrony, and the average length of glances was correlated with self-reported boredom. Our results indicate that ECG, motion, and glance measurements could be particularly suitable for the investigation of collaborative music making.",
  keywords  = "Music",
  author    = "Evan Morgan and Hatice Gunes and Nick Bryan-Kinns",
  year      = "2015",
  month     = "10",
  doi       = "10.1016/j.ijhcs.2015.05.002",
  language  = "English",
  volume    = "82",
  pages     = "31--47",
  journal   = "International Journal of Human-Computer Studies",
  issn      = "1071-5819",
  publisher = "Academic Press Inc.",
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