Can Ubimus Technologies affect our Musicality?




Cognitive Offloading, Musicality, Ubimus technology


Recent works recognize musicality is based on and constrained by our cognitive and biological system. Taking in account a concept from cognitive science - cognitive offloading - as a principle for technology-supported musical activities, in this paper we discuss some principles (guidelines) to be taken into account when designing, developing and evaluating computer music technologies, especially those related to ubimus. We think that Ubimus technology can shape the way we think about music and have a positive (or negative) influence on our musicality.


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Author Biographies

Leandro Costalonga, Federal University of Espírito Santo, Brazil

Leandro Costalonga has a Computer Science Degree with Masters (UFRGS/Brazil) and PhD (University of Plymouth/UK) in Computer Music. Associate professor at the Federal University of Espírito Santo (UFES/Brazil) where teaches on undergraduate programs in Computer Science and Computer Engineering and Graduate Program in Arts. Head of the NESCoM Research Group that carries on Computer Music related research, especially on Ubiquitous Music. Besides Computer Music, other research interest includes Human-Computer Interaction, Programming Languages and Artificial Intelligence.

Marcelo Pimenta, Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil

Marcelo S. Pimenta is Full Professor at Institute of Informatics (INF), Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul (UFRGS), Brazil. He received his PhD in Informatique at Université Toulouse 1, France in 1997. Since 1998, he is member of a multidisciplinary research group at UFRGS working with topics in Human-Computer Interaction, Software Engineering, and Computer Music with emphasis in the integration of these areas. He is head of Laboratório de Computação Musical (LCM), the INF-UFRGS Computer Music Laboratory and founder of the Ubiquitous Music Group.

Marcelo Wanderley, McGill University, Canada

Marcelo M. Wanderley is Full Professor of Music Technology at McGill University (Montreal, Canada) and member of Computer Music Journal’s editorial advisory board. He co-edited the electronic book “Trends in Gestural Control of Music”, 2000, the book “New Directions in Music and Human-Computer Interaction“, 2019, and co-authored the textbook “New Digital Musical Instruments: Control and Interaction Beyond the Keyboard”, 2006. He is a senior member of the ACM and the IEEE.


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How to Cite

Costalonga, Leandro, Marcelo Pimenta, and Marcelo Wanderley. 2021. “Can Ubimus Technologies Affect Our Musicality?”. Per Musi, no. 40 (June):1-16.