Improvisation and Reciprocal Design: Soundplay for Dementia

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Conference Proceeding
Communications in Computer and Information Science, 2019, 1117 pp. 82 - 91
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© 2019, Springer Nature Switzerland AG. Design and research studies regarding the impact of music on the wellbeing of people living with advanced dementia are ongoing. Many of these focus on reminiscence and the use of familiar songs, music and instruments. However, fewer studies have explored the creative and improvisational aspects of music making with people living with advanced dementia. This project explored the response of people from this group to an innovative gestural electronic instrument—The AirSticks™. The engagement promoted creative musical improvisation and resulted in a highly emotive response from one particular participant, suggesting the creative impulse can be retained.
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