Non-visual beats: Redesigning the Groove Pizza

William Payne, Alex Xu, Amy Hurst, S. Alex Ruthmann

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Abstract

Unlike past eras in which select few had the means and connections to compose music, today almost anyone can engage in meaningful music making and craft their own compositions thanks in part to the ubiquity of affordable and easy-to-use music software. However, this advancement has not fully extended to non-sighted users as evidenced by online communities seeking and offering help and third party companies that have stepped in to fill a void of accessibility features. To address the lack of alternative input modalities and pervasive visual design of music creation software, we redesigned the Groove Pizza [12], a popular online rhythm application. This work describes our implementation and its use of custom keyboard mappings for sequencing rhythm, screen reader output using text-to-speech and sonification, and global audio settings designed for different use cases.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationASSETS 2019 - 21st International ACM SIGACCESS Conference on Computers and Accessibility
PublisherAssociation for Computing Machinery, Inc
Pages651-654
Number of pages4
ISBN (Electronic)9781450366762
DOIs
StatePublished - Oct 24 2019
Event21st International ACM SIGACCESS Conference on Computers and Accessibility, ASSETS 2019 - Pittsburgh, United States
Duration: Oct 28 2019Oct 30 2019

Publication series

NameASSETS 2019 - 21st International ACM SIGACCESS Conference on Computers and Accessibility

Conference

Conference21st International ACM SIGACCESS Conference on Computers and Accessibility, ASSETS 2019
CountryUnited States
CityPittsburgh
Period10/28/1910/30/19

Keywords

  • Accessibility
  • Blindness
  • Music creation
  • Music technology
  • Visual impairments

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Computer Graphics and Computer-Aided Design
  • Computer Vision and Pattern Recognition
  • Software

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