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Music-led Sociality

Music serves as a recurring theme in people’s everyday lives. Technology has changed how users consume music and the ways they socialize around it in online and offline spaces. In particular, social networking sites (SNS) are one of the “disruptive forces of change” catalyzing some of these changes in terms of their influence on the consumption, production and dissemination of music on one hand and on the sociality it enables or disables on the other.

This work is motivated by a claim that a deeper understanding of these social technologies on musical practices can inform design of novel paradigms of social interaction online and offline.
The research took a mixed-methods approach, combining quantitative (social network analysis, uses and gratifications theory) and qualitative (cultural probes, long term ethnography, participant observation, reflexivity) means in order to shape a framework of understanding of the design space for future music- orientated systems and services.

For more details on the work, please visit Mayur Karnik.

Publications for Music-led Sociality

Mayur Karnik, Ian Oakley, and Valentina Nisi. 2013. Performing Online and Offline: How DJs use Social Networks. To appear in Proceedings of INTERACT 2013, 14th IFIP TC13 Conference on Human-Computer Interaction, Cape Town, South Africa.
Tasos Spiliotopoulos, Mayur Karnik, Ian Oakley, Jayant Venkatanathan, and Valentina Nisi. 2013. Towards Understanding Social Media: Two Studies Exploring the Uses and Gratifications of Facebook. In Proceedings of HCI Korea 2013, Gangwon, South Korea.
Mayur Karnik, Ian Oakley, Jayant Venkatanathan, Tasos Spiliotopoulos, and Valentina Nisi. 2013. Uses & gratifications of a facebook media sharing group. In Proceedings of the 2013 conference on Computer supported cooperative work (CSCW ’13). ACM, New York, NY, USA, 821-826. DOI=10.1145/2441776.2441868
Jos P. van Leeuwen, Mayur Karnik, and Ken Keane. 2011. Discovering Madeira: a case study of cultural probes. In Procedings of the Second Conference on Creativity and Innovation in Design (DESIRE ’11). ACM, New York, NY, USA, 439-447. DOI=10.1145/2079216.2079282
Mayur Karnik. 2011. Social aspects of music and interactive technologies in facilitating face-to-face interactions in third places. In Procedings of the Second Conference on Creativity and Innovation in Design (DESIRE ’11). ACM, New York, NY, USA, 431-432. DOI=10.1145/2079216.2079278
Mayur Karnik. 2010. Social Interaction Design in Transient Spaces. Position paper for ‘Designing for Crowds’ workshop at Pervasive 2010, Helsinki.
Mayur Karnik. 2013. Peripheral Interaction in the context of DJing. To appear in the workshop proceedings of ‘Peripheral Interaction: Embedding HCI in Everyday Life’ workshop at INTERACT 2013, 14th IFIP TC13 Conference on Human-Computer Interaction, Cape Town, South Africa.