Technology-mediated musical connections: The ecology of a screen-score performance

Raul Masu, Nuno N. Correia, Teresa Romão

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This paper presents Puffin, an interactive screen-score system, and the development of a piece for the system with two instrumentalists. Puffin is designed to expose the interconnections between two musicians in a performance ecology and the role of the interactive artifact and musical score in that ecology. We conducted daily interviews with the instrumentalists during the study to understand the different interconnections that emerged among the instruments, musicians, and the score. We visually represent the resulting ecology by using ARCAA, a recently developed framework designed to study performance ecologies. In light of existing literature, this study offers new perspectives on some elements of performance ecologies: how different actors play different roles and perform different actions in different contexts; how a screen-score can act as a mediator; how a piece and a system are interconnected but distinct; and how the piece has some constraints in itself. Finally, we observed how autobiographical and idiographic design can coexist.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 16th International Audio Mostly Conference, AM 2021
PublisherAssociation for Computing Machinery
Number of pages8
ISBN (Electronic)9781450385695
Publication statusPublished - 1 Sep 2021
Event16th International Audio Mostly Conference, AM 2021 - Virtual, Online, Italy
Duration: 1 Sep 20213 Sep 2021

Publication series

NameACM International Conference Proceeding Series
PublisherAssociation for Computing Machinery


Conference16th International Audio Mostly Conference, AM 2021
CityVirtual, Online


  • Musical Interactive Sistems
  • Performance Ecology
  • Screen-Score


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