The Dial: Exploring Computational Strangeness


This paper describes the process of a computational idea emerging from a process of user engagement: algorithmic recommendations as artistic obstructions in creative work. Through a collaboration between HCI and Music Information Retrieval, we conducted open-ended interviews with professional makers of Electronic Dance Music. We describe how the idea emerged from this process, and consider how algorithmic recommendation systems could be re-considered as tools for artistic inspiration. We propose the concept of a "Strangeness Dial," which allows the gradual adjustment of the degree of desired otherness, which is tested through the use of a non-functional prop and a series of interviews.

DOI: 10.1145/2851581.2892439

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@inproceedings{Andersen2016TheDE, title={The Dial: Exploring Computational Strangeness}, author={Kristina Andersen and Peter Knees}, booktitle={CHI Extended Abstracts}, year={2016} }