When the students were asked how does this team work in designing a sound object reflect your musical profession, one of the interesting answers was: this is how a band should operate. Unfortunate not many do.

What followed was an interesting discussion with a few players. When music is involved a different sort of rivalry kicks in. There’s too much at stake, this often creates pressure of a negative kind.

However when designing as a team, little is at stake, nobody has to proof anything, an open playful explorative mindset gets to work. To understand the effects of rivalry I will focus my final thesis of my Master of Art Education study at the HKU on this specific topic.

Pop musicians at work in teams, designing a sound object.

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