Can music support interfaces to complex databases?

D. I. Rigas, J. L. Alty, Fred Long

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The paper discusses an experimental graphical browsing application for the PCTE OMS and the possibility of using music as an additional communication channel. Experiments suggest that the more information the user requires in browsing, the more complex (and often incomprehensible) the displays. Often graphical browsing displays are simplified at the cost of hiding information from users. This is not always a desirable situation, especially when the hidden information is critical to the user. It is also difficult for one to decide which part of the information will be hidden. Preliminary experimental investigation has shown that the use of simple musical messages, as an additional communication channel, can assist in communicating contents of a software engineering (PCTE OMS) database.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationEUROMICRO 97. Proceedings of the 23rd EUROMICRO Conference
Subtitle of host publicationNew Frontiers of Information Technology (Cat. No.97TB100167)
PublisherIEEE Press
Number of pages7
ISBN (Print)0818681292, 9780818681295
Publication statusPublished - 01 Sept 1997
Event23rd EUROMICRO Conference on New Frontiers of Information Technology, EUROMICRO 1997 - Budapest, Hungary
Duration: 01 Sept 199704 Sept 1997

Publication series

NameConference Proceedings of the EUROMICRO
ISSN (Print)1089-6503


Conference23rd EUROMICRO Conference on New Frontiers of Information Technology, EUROMICRO 1997
Period01 Sept 199704 Sept 1997


  • Auditory
  • Databases
  • Multimedia
  • Music
  • User Interfaces


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