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instructional design rice and the round brush

analysis by: kimberlie sanders CDGD402


CONTENTS introduction the instruments the score the performances conclusion


INTRODUCTION The challenge at hand was to To design an experimental sound object from found items and then create a score that would allow a user to recreate a specific 30 second performance having never seen the object or the score previously.

PROCESS –In depth user testing of instrument usability –Preparing the score for users from various user groups, in order to document and define needs and expectations of those multiple users –Revamping of the score, to the utmost legibility of the user


the INSTRUMENTS the rice and the round brush COMPONENTS – Miniature plastic bottle filled with uncooked rice – A medium size round hair brush


the SCORE the score – The score is represented with detailed illustrations of the instruments. – The score is indicated as time based – The instructions at the top of the score should be read carefully before playing


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Musical Score is to be read from left to right, and top to bottom with a pause at the end of each line. Leave the bottle on the table, pick up the round brush and strike according to distance of the brush.

Rice and the round brush


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the PERFORMANCES performer #1 a user testing with a performer unfamiliar with the assignment asked to read the score, and play accordingly How she did: Performer #1 was very serious and focused on her performance. She worked very hard to understand what she was doing. She played correctly in regards to speed and sound, the only flaw was the she did not leave the bottle on the table. Results: After this performance additional instructions were stressed in the score to leave the bottle on the table


the PERFORMANCES performer #2 a user testing with a performer unfamiliar with the assignment asked to read the score, and play accordingly How she did: Performer #2 was less serious in comparison. She did not follow the written instructions, and acted as if it was not necessary to do so. Results: Be prepared for users who have less patience and try to make the score as direct as possible with as little written instructions as possible.


EXECUTIVE SUMMARY The process of creating an instrument out of found household objects, and then composing a musical score that is readable and understandable to a user not familiar with this instrument was the task at hand. Over all the story of the rice and the round brush was a success. The process involved numerous revamps to the original score, but in summary of it all not too much was altered. The user testing proved essential in the process of creating a score that would function appropriately for the sound. One must consider all facets of the mind from multiple experiences of performances. Although there were mistakes in the performances. The mistakes provided enabled for the altering and improvement of the first attempted score. With the final score the instrument is able to be played perfectly as it was initially composed.


Rice & The Round Brush