Sound And Music for Everyone Everyday Everywhere Every way

Music making and listening are clear examples of a human activity that is above all interactive and social, two of the major issues facing new communication devices and applications. However, to date, music making and listening has been, in general, a passive, non-interactive, and non-context sensitive experience. The current electronic technologies, with their potential for interactivity and communication, have not yet been able to support and promote this essential aspect of music making and listening. This can be considered a significant degradation of the traditional listening and music making experience, in which the public was (and still is) able to interact in many ways with performers to modify the expressive features of a music piece.

The main objective of the SAME project is to create new end-to-end systems for mobile active, experience-centric, and context-aware active music listening. The project will try to answer to questions like "In the next 5 years, what device will correspond to today's iPod?" or "What potential new markets would such new devices open up?" The objectives of the SAME project are threefold:

  • To define and develop an innovative end-to-end research platform for novel mobile music applications for participative, experience-centric, context-aware, social/shared active listening of music for a broad target of non-expert as well as expert users.
  • To investigate and implement new communication and interaction paradigms for mobile music applications based on high-level, expressive, non-verbal multimodal interfaces, enabling the user to influence, interact, and mold and shape the listened content, by intervening actively and physically into the experience.
  • To develop new mobile context-aware music applications, starting from the active listening paradigm, which will bring back the social and interactive aspects of music to our information technology age.

Project Details


ICT 2007 (Networked Media)

Program Type

European Commission 7th FWP (Seventh Framework Programme)

Start Date

January 1, 2008

End Date

December 31, 2010





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