Seasons Change Together

David Su

Seasons Change Together is a collaborative song construction experience for multiple simultaneous participants. It represents a first step towards the creation of a framework, designed for interactive multiplayer musical experiences, that explores the potential for technology-enabled systems to facilitate collaborative creativity through expression, the emotional affordances of musical storytelling, and the spatiotemporal boundaries of co-presence.

Participants are presented with multiple interfaces that determine the musical texture, rhythmic patterns, and lyrical content of an interactive song. Individual participants can freely move between and share interfaces as they wish, allowing the experience to accommodate play sessions with variable user counts as well as encouraging participants to actively engage with all aspects of the song's construction through collaborative composition.

Drawing inspiration from improvisational practice in addition to game design and interactive storytelling, Seasons Change Together strives to open up new possibilities for experiencing music, narrative, and creativity in a social environment.