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    Towards some Organising Principles for Musical Program Auralisations

    International Conference on Auditory Display

    University of Glasgow, UK. 1st - 4th November 1998


    P. Vickers & J.L. Alty


    Early studies have shown that musical program auralisations can convey structural and run-time information about Turbo Pascal programs to listeners [3, 4, 10].

    Auralisations were effected by mapping program events and structures to musical signature tunes, known as motifs.

    The design of the motifs was based around the taxonomical nature of the Turbo Pascal language constructs [3].

    However, it became clear that as the musical complexity and grammatical rigour of the motifs increased, their discernability by the average user decreased. Therefore, from the lessons learnt from our work we propose a set of organising principles for the design and construction of musically-based program auralisations.

    These organising principles are aimed towards providing accessible auralisations to the average programmer who has no formal musical training.


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