Verplank IxD Framework
7-Axis Dimension Space Diagram
Since my priority is to tell a story through sound, there is very little room for the user to actually control how this musical piece will sound like in terms of melody/rhythm/etc. And because I expect for this to be an emotionally immersive for the user, it will be a single-user interactive installation focusing each user’s individual experience. The sound role will be extremely expressive since its objective is to influence how the user feels. This installation requires no expertise at all.
I used Ableton to perform the piece to my girlfriend. I simply play First Luv by Jinsang as a background music and then I played various sound clips along with the song. As I expected, the sound clips were not informative enough and the playtest user didn’t really understand the meaning of them. They were also not convincing enough to cause an emotional sensation to the user. I have learned that it is very difficult to find sounds that can accurately represent everyone’s life since we are all from different culture and background. There is no situation that is typical enough to guarantee that everyone has to experience it at least once.
I might need to start looking for new ideas for final project. Another idea I have in mind right now is a song that users can control parts of the melodies and lyrics as they like.