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WPI - Computer Science Department , MS Thesis Presentation -Trusting Okechukwu Inekwe " Topic: MIC-TOK: A MUSICAL LIVE CODING ENVIRONMENT FOR CONSTRAINED INPUT"

Wednesday, May 05, 2021
4:00 pm to 5:00 pm


Trusting Okechukwu Inekwe

PHD Student

WPI – Computer Science


Date: Wednesday, May 5, 2021

Time: 4:00pm – 5:00pm

Advisor: Gillian Smith

Reader: Charlie Roberts

Live coding—a popular, growing field, where performers code on stage—is used in many different contexts, including music, art, and dance. Typical live coding environments require interfaces that use dozens of inputs for a performance. In addition, they  require some level of familiarity with basic programming for operability. This makes them potentially inaccessible to some users. Our research attempts to make musical live coding less complex by designing Mic-Tok; a musical live coding environment for a constrained set of inputs. We created an initial version of Mic-Tok using a combination of existing design methods and the Cognitive Dimensions of Notation Framework to serve as guide. We conducted formative evaluations to inform the design of our tool. With observations from each evaluation, we iteratively modified Mic-Tok. After finalizing our modifications, we conducted summative evaluations to evaluate user perception on the effectiveness of Mic-Tok in making live coding more accessible. Analysis of results from our summative evaluations suggest that users perceive Mic-Tok as approachable and expressive.