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A framework to evaluate the functionality of mobile applications for music composition

Sonja Visagie, Carina de Villiers
The Journal for Transdisciplinary Research in Southern Africa | Vol 10, No 1 | a14 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/td.v10i1.14 | © 2014 Sonja Visagie, Carina de Villiers | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 23 February 2016 | Published: 30 July 2014

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Sonja Visagie, University of Pretoria., South Africa
Carina de Villiers, Department of Informatics at the University of Pretoria, South Africa

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Abstract

The functionality of a diverse range of mobile applications for music composition is discussed in this paper. The focus is on generic functionality requirements, the needs of novice and expert users to compose music and some of the mobile applications for music composition available from the iTunes App Store. The paper further addresses the gap that exists in current literature about the functionalities required of mobile applications for music composition. In order to assist composers of music (from novices to experts) to identify and choose the most appropriate application for composing music on a mobile device, a framework is developed against which the functionality of ten mobile applications for music composition is evaluated.

Keywords

Transdisciplinarity; sound and music computing; mobile computing, mobile applications; music composition; functionality

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