Cognitive issues in computer music programming

Hiroki Nishino*

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Programming Languages are the oldest ‘new interface for music expression’ in computer music history. Both composers and researchers in computer music still have considerable interests in computer music programming environments. However, while many researchers focus on such issues as efficiency, new paradigm, or new features in computer music programming, cognitive aspects of computer music programming has been rarely discussed. Such ‘cognitive issues’ are of importance when design or usability in computer music programming must be considered. By contextualizing computer music programming in the psychology of programming, it is made possible to borrow the technical terms and theoretical framework from the previous research in the field, which would be helpful to clarify the problems related to cognitive ergonomics and also beneficial to design a new programming environment with better usability in computer music.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)499-502
Number of pages4
JournalProceedings of the International Conference on New Interfaces for Musical Expression
StatePublished - 2011
Externally publishedYes
EventInternational conference on New Interfaces for Musical Expression, NIME 2011 - Oslo, Norway
Duration: 30 05 201101 06 2011

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  • Computer music
  • Programming language
  • The psychology of programming
  • Usability


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