Pyxis Minor: App Design for Novel Social Music Experiences

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Session Title:

  • Interacting with the Virtual

Presentation Title:

  • Pyxis Minor: App Design for Novel Social Music Experiences

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Abstract:

  • (Short paper)

    Keywords: Sound synthesis, instrument design, app design, social music experiences, digital signal processing, user interfacing, game design.

    Pyxis Minor is a social musical application built for iOS and Mac OS devices. It is intended to be of use for people of varying musical backgrounds and knowledge levels by providing a low barrier to entry for the creation of electronic music and by emphasizing the playful nature of music making. Pyxis Minor achieves disruption of existing electronic music performance and creation paradigms in order to posit a democratization of electronic music processes. This paper outlines the user interfacing principles and the design architecture which includes the repurposing of a game engine in order to create a unique social music experience.

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