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A Typo-morphological Approach to Human–Machine Interaction Analysis in Music



This article proposes an analytical perspective on the aural analysis of human-machine interaction. Starting from Pierre Schaeffer's musical thinking, it focuses on the perception of sound morphologies that generate from human machine interaction. This interaction, usually interpreted under the perspective of the devices and technological innovation, will be interpreted through the perspective of musical perception and semantics. In the article, the author applies the criterion of 'allure', that permits to analyse the sound objects sustain and to indicate the sound agent as mechanical, living or natural. 'Allure' is used as a theoretical framework for the analysis of human-computer interaction in music. Inspired by a hypothetical perceptive Turing's test, the author employs the 'allure' criterion as a conceptual tool for an aural analysis of human-machine interaction: aural analysis can indeed reveal the interaction of sound agents through the cognitive mechanism of motor imagery. This approach can be extended and developed in music information retrieval. The author will develop this reflection showing the actuality of Schaeffer's perspective in HCI analysis. Finally, to highlight the interaction between human and electronic sound sources, the author will consider a case study: the first movement of Traiettoria for piano and electronics by Marco Stroppa. POST-AND TRANS-HUMAN SOUNDS The debates in ethics and Art on the transition to a post-or trans-human anthropology are today largely discussed and are frequently related to topics such as the impact of technology, the economic processes in human life, health and care systems. In this epoch, artificial intelligence and nanotechnologies are about a form of humanity that is characterized by new types of bodies (Barad 2003). According Rosi Braidotti (Braidotti 2013: 49), " contemporary bio-genetic capitalism generates a global form of reactive mutual interdependence of all living organisms, including non-humans " .
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Eric Maestri. A Typo-morphological Approach to Human–Machine Interaction Analysis in Music. Organised Sound, 2017, 22 (3), pp.315-323. ⟨10.1017/S1355771817000474⟩. ⟨halshs-01644115⟩
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