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Published: 2020-11-01

Creating digital musical instruments with and for children: Including vocal sketching as a method for engaging in codesign

KTH Royal Institute of Technology Sound and Music Computing Stockholm, Sweden
KMH Royal College of Music Music and Media Production Stockholm, Sweden and KTH Royal Institute of Technology Sound and Music Computing Stockholm, Sweden
KTH Royal Institute of Technology Sound and Music Computing Stockholm, Sweden
KTH Royal Institute of Technology Sound and Music Computing Stockholm, Sweden
vocal sketching digital musical instruments codesign children performance prototype building

Abstract

A class of master of science students and a group of preschool children codesigned new digital musical instruments based on workshop interviews involving vocal sketching, a method for imitating and portraying sounds. The aim of the study was to explore how the students and children would approach vocal sketching as one of several design methods. The children described musical instruments to the students using vocal sketching and other modalities (verbal, drawing, gestures). The resulting instruments built by the students were showcased at the Swedish Museum of Performing Arts in Stockholm. Although all the children tried vocal sketching during preparatory tasks, few employed the method during the workshop. However, the instruments seemed to meet the children’s expectations. Consequently, even though the vocal sketching method alone provided few design directives in the given context, we suggest that vocal sketching, under favorable circumstances, can be an engaging component that complements other modalities in codesign involving children.

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Falkenberg, K., Lindetorp, H., Benigno Latupeirissa, A., & Frid, E. (2020). Creating digital musical instruments with and for children: Including vocal sketching as a method for engaging in codesign. Human Technology, 16(3), 348–371. https://doi.org/10.17011/ht/urn.202011256768