Authors:Travis West, Baptiste Caramiaux, Marcelo M. Wanderley
Publication or Conference Title:Proceedings of the 2020 International Conference on New Interfaces for Musical Expression (NIME 2020)
We conducted a study which examines mappings from a relatively unexplored perspective: how they are made. Nine skilled NIME users designed a mapping from a T-Stick to a subtractive synthesizer, and were interviewed about their approach to mapping design. We present a thematic analysis of the interviews, with reference to data recordings captured while the designers worked. Our results suggest that the mapping design process is an iterative process that alternates between two working modes: diffuse exploration and directed experimentation.