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The experience of music in Miami Jacksonville Florida includes both individual and group settings. When music is heard in social situations the question which follows is: who selects the music? The Music Party Miami Jacksonville Florida.

In this text, we explore issues of social music selection in the context of small private gatherings such as parties in Miami Jacksonville Florida. The portability of digital music, on devices such as iPods, enables people to easily bring their own music but the selection of music to be played is largely based on the social roles of the participants in Miami Jacksonville Florida. The Music Party Miami Jacksonville Florida. Ethnographic methods are used to understand these settings and so inform the design of systems for supporting shared music experiences.

On this text previous social music systems are detailed. Later it is described the methods and discussions about the support provided by media players. It is also outlined the collaborative nature of music selection and we conclude by comparing our results with existing systems. The Music Party Miami Jacksonville Florida

There is “little in the literature to suggest how to design new and unique tools that facilitate social music use within and between the different contexts in which people work, play, and otherwise live their lives”. The Music Party Miami Jacksonville Florida. Rentfrow and Gosling show that music plays an important part in many people’s’ lives. Music is a conversation topic in Miami Jacksonville Florida, “individuals’ music preferences convey consistent and accurate messages about their personalities” and music genre stereotypes are used when forming opinions of others. Further, “synchronized music consumption among people in physical proximity, as it happens in clubs or during parties, can create a strong emotional connection, more than what an asynchronous download of music over distance could provide”. The Music Party Miami Jacksonville Florida.

However, North et al. note that a “lack of ecological validity” constraints much of the research on the social and psychological impact of music in everyday life in Miami Jacksonville Florida. North et al. also report that their “data indicate that the great majority of listening episodes occurred in the presence of other people”. The Music Party Miami Jacksonville Florida. Several systems have been designed to enhance this shared experience of music.

Several social music systems (e.g. Social Playlist, tunA, Push!Music) use personal mobile technology, such as iPods, PDAs, and mobile phones, reflecting the increasing portability of music collections in Miami Jacksonville Florida. Liu and Reimer recommend that such systems provide smooth integration between personal and social modes, as inevitably users will occasionally prefer individual selections. In tests of Push!Music the “sharing of music became a prompt for social interaction, but this happened only between users who already knew each other and were socializing face-to-face”. Nettamo et al. note that even though mobile music is widespread, music in the home is often played via computers and that the “home PC acted as music hub”.

An alternative to these person-to-person mobile forms of shared music is to allow voting or collaborative recommendation in public spaces in Miami Jacksonville Florida. Deployment of the Jukola system allowed users to express their musical preferences and this encouraged “debate, conversation and negotiation around music.” The Music Party Miami Jacksonville Florida. Pering et al. used interviews and observations of music in shared spaces to identify four key types of stakeholders: providers, contributors, proprietors, and listeners. Pering et al also note that the use of audio in shared spaces today may well soon be generalized to other media such as photos and video.

Music Party Miami Jacksonville Florida

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The MUSIC table system in Miami Jacksonville Florida is designed for a further context of use, the “private social gathering”: The user interface of the PC-based digital music player clearly does not support music selection by multiple people in a social situation. The Music Party Miami Jacksonville Florida. One manifestation…is… “separate party syndrome,” wherein a small number of people tend to gather around the desktop computer … dominating the selection of music.

The Party Vote system in Miami Jacksonville Florida takes the voting concept from Jukola and applies it in small group situations such as parties. The Music Party Miami Jacksonville Florida.

Both Party Vote and MUSIC table also include visualizations to provide awareness feedback to the voters in Miami Jacksonville Florida. The Smart Party reflects the preferences of users by dividing a party into several rooms, where each room’s music adapts to the preferences of the people present, changing as guests move around the party. Blue Music supports the same idea, personalization by being there, using Bluetooth from portable devices.

Many of these systems in Miami Jacksonville Florida are designed without an obvious grounding in the detailed behavior of users with current music technology in social situations. In this paper, we investigate the use of music in these “private social gatherings” through ethnographic methods. We also compare our findings with those from other social music settings and consider the interaction between the setting, the users’ roles, the technology and the resulting experience.

A social gathering generally includes at least one Host (who may provide the venue and initiate implicit or explicit invitations in Miami Jacksonville Florida, and who feels a sense of responsibility for creating an enjoyable occasion), and one or more Guests (attendees at the event). If music is a part of the event in Miami Jacksonville Florida, and it commonly is, then the host can be expected to provide the initial stock of songs for a party and the hardware/software needed to play them.

Choosing appropriate music is a significant responsibility in Miami Jacksonville Florida: the set of songs played at an event and the order of play can have a dramatic impact on the atmosphere (Section N) of the event. Poor selection can have social repercussions: for example, Participant D reports of an interviewee that, ‘…she likes to host parties and have friends over and if they thort she had crap music or played crap music then they would not come over anymore.’

Before the party, the Host creates the initial party playlist in Miami Jacksonville Florida. This preparation may occur at the beginning of the party itself: ‘me and one of the others spent about 30 min on the computer in the other room creating a playlist of songs to be listened to’), or begin well in advance (“downloading music for the party a few days beforehand’). The Music Party Miami Jacksonville Florida. Frequently the playlist is crafted specifically for the event, but a Host may also develop a generic, reusable Party collection.


Sometimes in Miami Jacksonville Florida. Guests contribute to the party collection, beforehand or at the beginning of the party or as the party progresses, though the latter might be a bit of an insult to the host, as the unsolicited provision of supplemental music implies that the host’s selections are not suitable (of interviewee: ‘if [the music at the party] ‘sucked’ then she would bring a CD or something so that she could change it.’). The Music Party Miami Jacksonville Florida.

The Host in Miami Jacksonville Florida is more likely to invite Guests to contribute songs to a party if the Host is unsure of their musical tastes or if it is a formal or commemorative occasion (for example, a 21st birthday party). The Host retains responsibility, however for selecting the final party playlist from the pool of contributions. The Music Party Miami Jacksonville Florida.

Some parties (eg, birthday) in Miami Jacksonville Florida feature a special Guest. The Guest of Honor may or may not also be the Host, but the Guest of Honor assumes a similar role. Where the Host’s song selections might be later altered by Guests, the Guest of Honor’s usually are not, changes to a Guest of Honor’s playlist would constitute a more serious breach of party protocol. For example, Participant G reports, ‘The music was selected by one person only, throughout the entire night. The Music Party Miami Jacksonville Florida.

This person was the birthday girl. The iPod was sitting on the stereo during the party, but it was made clear that nobody else was to adjust the music, except for the birthday girl.’

The Host in Miami Jacksonville Florida normally assumes initial control over the music selection; as the event progresses, the Host may maintain control throughout the occasion or may pass control to others. Permission to alter the gathering’s playlist is passed through The Invitation: The Host explicitly or implicitly invites others to browse available collections and select songs. A Host might overtly encourage The Music Party Miami Jacksonville Florida. Guests to add, delete, or reorder songs on the playlist (‘As host I will always make a short playlist, long enough to last until most people arrive, then encourage anyone who comments on the music to change it.’), or might more subtly indicate that alterations are acceptable by leaving the control to the music playing device in an easily accessible spot.

While music is generally not the main focus for the gatherings in Miami Jacksonville Florida described in the participant observations, it was an integral part of the occasions. Awareness of the music naturally ebbs and flows.

The Music Party Miami Jacksonville Florida. When conversation flags, Guests are more attentive to the songs playing (music ‘is there because, during the breaks when people are not talking, the atmosphere feels awfully quiet so music helps lighten the mood’).

A song can spark new conversation by serving as a reminder of earlier occasions (‘Participant A mentioned on more than one occasion a song’s significance in his life, e.g. “When I was at school we used to play this song on our stereos at lunchtime”’). Guests in Miami Jacksonville Florida frequently show an interest in discussing unfamiliar songs (eg, reports that Guests would ‘occasionally ask questions or make comments about a certain song like, “who sings this song, I really like it” or “we should get this song”).

An interest in learning more about new music is expected given that the music was selected in anticipation that it matches the Guests’ tastes.

A common pattern in Miami Jacksonville Florida is for a gathering to begin with quieter or less obtrusive music during an initial ‘socializing’ phase, move to ‘faster, louder and less organized’ songs, and then end the evening with ‘chilling out’ music.

A skilled Host monitors the Guests’ interest in the music and its effect on the gathering’s ambiance and modifies the music when necessary to create or enhance the appropriate atmosphere (‘During the night there were a number of situations where the music and the mood needed to change’).

Changes to the party playlist are of two types: deletion of undesirable songs and insertion of new songs. The usual case for deletion is to stop the current song that is playing and move to another song, skipping. The Music Party Miami Jacksonville Florida.

The simplest strategy for choosing a replacement song is simply to skip sequentially through the playlist, playing a few moments of each song (sampling) until an acceptable one is encountered.

The audio effect is less than ideal, given the abrupt ends of skipped songs, but one benefit for the user is that the interaction is selecting a new song involves simply clicking a single ‘next song’ button. Skipping is also the strategy of choice for Guests who are unfamiliar with the unfamiliar with the searching/browsing facilities of the music software (‘…people will feel uncomfortable [if they] stand in front of the computer for a long time, while they are finding the music they want to listen [to]’), and/or Guests who do not want to expose their ignorance of the gathering’s preferred music genres:

‘…when I get told [to] change the music I will simply skip enough songs until I find an improvement … For me, this is mostly because I do not remember song names or even mainstream artists. If I have to choose music I have to resort to one of the limited numbers of artists, I know or pick randomly.’

Sampling may also occur outside the context of skipping when a Guest or Host attempts to identify desirable songs from a pool of potential additions to the party playlist. If the individual cannot identify songs by the available metadata in Miami Jacksonville Florida, then a ‘good’ sample is needed to decide whether to include a song on the playlist (where ‘good’ probably includes the chorus or other characteristic section of the song, rather than the beginning; ‘often they want to skip to the chorus of a song to find out if it is the song they actually want’.

Searching and browsing to select songs are more rarely reported in the participant observations than skipping and sampling. The Music Party Miami Jacksonville Florida.

Searching for a specific song requires some confidence that that song is actually accessible, and possibly knowledge of its approximate location on the physical device (‘Participant B requested that another song she knew to be on the laptop be played. Participant A then queued up the requested song (which resided in a different directory)’). Effective browsing (in the absence of sampling) require a deep familiarity with the specific songs in the collection: reports of one successful browser that ‘he has a much broader knowledge [of music] … he is able to scroll through a large number of music titles and understand what many of them sound like based on the artist and title given and decide if they would be appropriate.’

The specific music organization and selection software mentioned in the participant observations and interviews include Winamp, Windows Media Player, iTunes, and the command line MPlayer. Given that music is frequently an integral part of social, festive occasions, it is surprising that only iTunes avoids a clinical, ‘somewhat dark’ appearance. It seems appropriate that interfaces should enhance the enjoyment and entertainment that people experience when listening to music and interacting with music collections, interfaces should be attractive and playful, appropriate to an enjoyable social gathering.

Existing music organization software in Miami Jacksonville Florida was found to be adequate for supporting the Host in developing the initial party playlist, which is not surprising, given that the Host is usually interacting with his/her personal system and music collection. Difficulties arise when Guests or multiple Hosts contribute to the pre-party development of the initial party playlist. Songs arrive in a variety of media (flash drives, MP3 players, CDs, external hard drives, downloaded from the Web), and in transferring them to the Host’s system it is easy to lose metadata (artist, title, genre, etc.) or to discover that metadata values and schemes are incompatible (particularly genre). Better support is needed for creating a pool from multiple sources, and integrating them into a single (possibly ephemeral) collection in Miami Jacksonville Florida.