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ERIC Number: EJ1061127
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015-Apr
Pages: 22
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 37
ISSN: EISSN-1545-4517
Can We Afford These Affordances? GarageBand and the Double-Edged Sword of the Digital Audio Workstation
Bell, Adam Patrick
Action, Criticism, and Theory for Music Education, v14 n1 p44-65 Apr 2015
The proliferation of computers, tablets, and smartphones has resulted in digital audio workstations (DAWs) such as GarageBand in being some of the most widely distributed musical instruments. Positing that software designers are dictating the music education of DAW-dependent music-makers, I examine the fallacy that music-making applications such as Apple's GarageBand are "easy." It is of the utmost importance that the music educator be able to critically assess how DAWs such as GarageBand influence the decisions of music-makers. Based on J.J. Gibson's concept of the affordance, I provide a framework with which to evaluate music-making programs using the criteria of presumptions, privileges, provisions, protections, and preventions.
MayDay Group. Brandon University School of Music, 270 18th Street, Brandon, Manitoba R7A 6A9, Canada. Tel: 204-571-8990; Fax: 204-727-7318; Web site:
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
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Language: English
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