The finer the musician, the smaller the details: NIMEcraft under the microscope

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dc.contributor.author Armitage, Jack
dc.contributor.author Morreale, Fabio
dc.contributor.author McPherson, Andrew
dc.coverage.spatial Copenhagen, Denmark
dc.date.accessioned 2021-08-24T22:45:40Z
dc.date.available 2021-08-24T22:45:40Z
dc.date.issued 2017-6-1
dc.identifier.citation Proceedings of the International Conference on New Interfaces for Musical Expression. 393-398. 01 Jun 2017
dc.identifier.uri https://hdl.handle.net/2292/56129
dc.description.abstract Many digital musical instrument design frameworks have been proposed that are well suited for analysis and comparison. However, not all provide applicable design suggestions, especially where subtle, important details are concerned. Using traditional lutherie as a model, we conducted a series of interviews to explore how violin makers “go beyond the obvious”, and how players perceive and describe subtle details of instrumental quality. We find that lutherie frameworks provide clear design methods, but are not enough to make a fine violin. Success comes after acquiring sufficient tacit knowledge, which enables detailed craft through subjective, empirical methods. Testing instruments for subtle qualities was suggested to be a different skill to playing. Whilst players are able to identify some specific details about instrumental quality by comparison, these are often not actionable, and important aspects of “sound and feeling” are much more difficult to describe. In the DMI domain, we introduce the term NIMEcraft to describe subtle differences between otherwise identical instruments and their underlying design processes, and consider how to improve the dissemination of NIMEcraft.
dc.relation.ispartof New Interfaces for Musical Expression
dc.relation.ispartofseries Proceedings of the International Conference on New Interfaces for Musical Expression, pp. 393--398.
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dc.title The finer the musician, the smaller the details: NIMEcraft under the microscope
dc.type Conference Item
dc.identifier.doi 10.5281/zenodo.1176294
dc.date.updated 2021-07-02T06:12:09Z
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