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SwaytheBand

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From the Create4Deentia Hackathon 2015

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SwaytheBand

  1. 1. The$Confabulators$at$$Create&4&Demen+a& May$30th431st,$2015$ An$interac<ve$&$embodied$ac<vity$to$support$shared$experiences$in$demen<a$care$
  2. 2. SwaytheBand$is$informed$by$a$longitudinal$ethnography$of$demen<a$care$(Morrissey$&$ McCarthy,$2015)$which$found$that$residents$engaged$‘organically’$with$musical$ac<vi<es$
  3. 3. Proximity, presence & hands ‘[…]$Moira$took$my$hand$and$we$swayed$from$side4 to4side$half4singing$the$songs.$$ $ guide$ my$ hand$ in$ a$ sort$ of$ a$ twirling,$ twis<ng$ paPern$in$the$air$in$rhythm$to$the$music.$$ $ She$ squeezed$ my$ hand$ very$ <ghtly$ and$ ran$ her$ fingers$over$my$knuckles.$ ! (Excerpt!from!field!notes)!
  4. 4. What we learned from the experts – our approach • $ Inspired$by$Michael’s$more$playful$examples$ – The$Robo<c$Seal$ – Soundtrack$to$my$Life$–$music$as$a$way$of$geXng$ to$know$someone$ •  Encouraging$everyday$ac<vi<es$(David)$ – Fun$rather$than$perfunctory$ •  Technology$as$a$mee<ng$place$(Claire)$ – Coming$together$through$music$and$technology$ $
  5. 5. What we learned from the experts – our approach •  Concerns$4$must$be$opt4in$ –  Extended$this$to$playful$ac<vi<es$where$not$everyone$ will$want$to$par<cipate$ –  Reflec<ng$mul<ple$ways$of$par<cipa<ng$in$music$ •  Aesthe<cs$–$valuing$the$user$(Stephen)$ –  Based$the$design$on$exis<ng$hand4held$musical$ instruments$(tambourines$etc)$ •  A$spectrum$of$good$design$$(Michael)$ –  This$could$be$fun$everyone$–$not$just$for$people$living$ with$demen<a$
  6. 6. SwaytheBand: $ •  Batons$change$colour$with$the$music’s$beat$–$this$<me$ we$hard4code$song$structure$to$illustrate$tempo$and$ rhythm$–$future$is$bpm$ $ •  We$encourage$par<cipants$to$hold$hands$and$hold$the$ trigger$together$ $e.g.$4$controllers$=$5$people$ •  Controllers$can$be$“downed”$at$any$<me$to$opt$out$of$ play$as$they$turn$off$ $
  7. 7. We chose Jo Stafford’s ‘Shrimp Boats’ to illustrate the use of SwaytheBand.! ! The jaunty song is meaningful to residents and promotes swaying and reminiscence.
  8. 8. SwaytheBand – to answer •  Is$the$technology$engaging$and$enriching$for$ residents$of$demen<a$care?$ •  How$can$we$use$SwaytheBand$to$promote$ community$moments$in$demen<a$care?$ •  How$do$residents$&$carers$appropriate$or$ change$their$use$of$SwaytheBand?$ •  What$is$the$place$of$SwaytheBand$in$live$ music$sessions$for$people$with$demen<a?$
  9. 9. Thank you!

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