As part of its recipe for developing a groundbreaking VJ application, VisualMusic (VM) project adopted a user-centered approach, taking into account the preferences and needs of VJs and music venues since the beginning. During the past eight months, experts in human-computer interaction and user experience from the University of Padua (Italy) have contacted, observed, and interviewed dozens of live performers with the goal of understanding the way in which VM application could better support their work.
Observations were carried out in one of the hottest district of entertainment in Italy, Emilia-Romagna, in places such as Rimini, Riccione, and Bologna. Live performers generously offered their past knowledge and experience to the receptive ears the researchers. Interview questions were then given a more stable structure and were transferred to an online platform, allowing to considerably extend the sample and reach over 120 VJs and live performers operating allover the world. Their perception of the live music performance sector, the details of the equipment they use, and their desiderata about software features have been thus collected in written format and analyzed. The lessons learnt were synthesized in the project report n. D2.2 and distilled into a list of user requirements passed to VM developers. The thoughts and insights emerged during this first data collection will be ruminated and further enriched over the next months.