Musicians’ Initial Encounters with a Smart Guitar

Chiara Rossitto, Asreen Rostami, Jakob Tholander, Donald McMillan, Louise Barkhuus, Carlo Fischione, Luca Turchet

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This paper presents a case study of a fully working prototype of the Sensus smart guitar. Eleven professional guitar players were interviewed after a prototype test session. The smartness of the guitar was perceived as enabling the integration of a range of equipment into a single device, and the proactive exploration of novel expressions. The results draw attention to the musicians’ sense-making of the smart qualities, and to the perceived impact on their artistic practices. The themes highlight how smartness was experienced in relation to the guitar’s agency and the skills it requires, the tension between explicit (eg playing a string) and implicit (eg keeping rhythm) body movements, and to performing and producing music. Understanding this felt sense of smartness is relevant to how contemporary HCI research conceptualizes mundane artefacts enhanced with smart technologies, and to how such discourse can inform related design issues.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationNordiCHI '18 Proceedings of the 10th Nordic Conference on Human-Computer Interaction
PublisherAssociation for Computing Machinery
Publication date2018
ISBN (Print)978-1-4503-6437-9
Publication statusPublished - 2018
EventNordiChi 2018: The 10th Nordic Conference on Human-Computer Interaction - Oslo Metropolitan University, Oslo, Norway
Duration: 1 Oct 20183 Oct 2018
Conference number: 10th


ConferenceNordiChi 2018
LocationOslo Metropolitan University
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