The sound of musicons: investigating the design of musically derived audio cues

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Title: The sound of musicons: investigating the design of musically derived audio cues
Author: McLachlan, Ross ; McGee-Lennon, Marilyn ; Brewster, Stephen
Abstract: Musicons (brief samples of well-known music used in auditory interface design) have been shown to be memorable and easy to learn. However, little is known about what actually makes a good Musicon and how they can be created. This paper reports on an empirical user study (N=15) to explore the recognition rate and preference ratings for a set of Musicons that were created by allowing users to self-select 5 second sections from (a) a selection of their own music and (b) a set of control tracks. It was observed that sampling a 0.5 second Musicon from a 5-second musical section resulted in easily identifiable and well liked Musicons. Qualitative analysis highlighted some of the underlying properties of the musical sections that resulted in ‘good’ Musicons. A preliminary set of guidelines is presented that provides a greater understanding of how to create effective and identifiable Musicons for future auditory interfaces.
Description: Presented at the 18th International Conference on Auditory Display (ICAD2012) on June 18-21, 2012 in Atlanta, Georgia. Reprinted by permission of the International Community for Auditory Display,
Type: Proceedings
ISSN: 2168-5126
Citation: Proceedings of the 18th International Conference on Auditory Display, Atlanta, GA, USA, 18-21 June 2012. Ed. Michael A. Nees, Bruce N. Walker, Jason Freeman. The International Community for Auditory Display, 2012. 148-155.
Date: 2012-06
Contributor: University of Glasgow. School of Computing Science
University of Glasgow. Glasgow Interactive Systems Group
Relation: ICAD2012. Papers VI: Interfaces and Attention
Publisher: Georgia Institute of Technology
Subject: Auditory display
Musically derived audio cues
Auditory interface design
Self selected music tracks

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