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The Journal of Sonic Studies
Journal of Sonic Studies, volume 6, nr. 1 (January 2014)Daniel Hug; Moritz Kemper: FROM FOLEY TO FUNCTION: A PEDAGOGICAL APPROACH TO SOUND DESIGN FOR NOVEL INTERACTIONS

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The Dialectic of Tools

We have mentioned above that tools play an important role in sonic interaction design. Provided they are simple enough to use, these tools can indeed offer a starting point for interactive sound generation. At the same time, every tool affords a certain functional and aesthetic direction, thus biasing the design and potentially misleading students to accept the underlying technologies as offering the only approach. This prevents the invention of new methods and tools for novel contexts and applications. The methods we are proposing here are no exception, but we claim that they are much more open to change and modification, very much as a sketch in a visual design process (Buxton 2008).