KMH’s research wins award at international conference
Hans Lindetorp, lecturer and doctoral student at KMH, and Kjetil Falkenberg, Associate Professor at KTH Royal Institute of Technology, have won the Best Paper Award at the Web Audio Conference 2021 for their article entitled ‘Putting Web Audio API to the test: Introducing WebAudioXML as a pedagogical platform’. The article was spotlighted for how their study had tested and evaluated new technology used by KMH and KTH students.
The Web Audio Conference attracts researchers and developers from around the world and focuses on the new and enormous potential that Web Audio API has for sound and music applications for smartphones, e-readers and computers.
‘It is a conference for sound, web technology and programming experts. Today music is a natural and important feature of, for example, the Web and computer games. However, musicians do not have the same technical knowledge and the programming language to succeed in this kind of context. Therefore, it was especially pleasing that our article was spotlighted since our study is about creating interactive media opportunities for musicians’, explains Hans Lindetorp.
The technology empowering musicians
The study behind this article shows, among other things, a new model for enabling artistic students with no programming knowledge to create advanced interactive music applications.
‘Because many musicians can’t programme, it is hard for them to utilise the potential of music in interactive media, like, for example, computer games, where the sound and music change depending on what is going on in the game. Our students need help in bridging the gap between them and technical developers, which is what our study has tested using WebAudioXML, a developer language I had created as part of my doctoral studies’.
Successful tests at KMH
The students in the study got to create interactive instruments and compositions for smartphones, and they all achieved their artistic aims.
‘This is usually very complex because the students generally first have to study for six months just to learn programming. This time they had a week to learn and achieve things they couldn’t do before. The artistic expression can now be given greater prominence, and the musician can focus on how it sounds and on the expression of the music instead of on the programming’, says Hans Lindetorp.