These recordings helped to determine if audio, video, or both audio and video feedback received while playing a simple, single-button MIDI instrument can effect how the participants play over a time period of 10 seconds.
The image below explains the shapes that appear in the visuals.
Participants played through a QuNeo MIDI pad controller, hooked up to a PC running Ableton Live 9 and Processing 2. Live recorded the MIDI signals sent from the QuNeo, while simultaneously forwarding the signals to a Processing sketch. (Live handled the audio while Processing created the visuals.) The audio played through stereo desktop monitors and visuals were displayed on an LCD screen.
All but one of the QuNeo's pads had been covered to make the instrument as easy to use as possible. This was also done with hopes of focusing the participant's attention toward their technique of playing.
After the data had been gathered and analyzed, a few observations rose to the surface:
The visual makes it quite clear that, out of the randomly chosen data sets reviewed, the participants who experienced both audio and video feedback were the most active button-pushers.
If further experiments were to be developed, it could be beneficial to create audio and video feedback that decays over time, instead of staying constant like in this experiment. This may give the participants a more dynamic playing, leading to different results.