Multimedia Composition As Research
This paper presents an unorthodox solution to issues surrounding the validity of practice as research within the field multimedia composition. Firstly, it evaluates the process of multimedia composition leading to findings that the practice is similar to action research. Results are presented in the form of a model entitled The Multimedia Realisation Spiral, developed with the aid of Soft Systems Methodology. The purpose of the model is to be used as methodology in validating the practice of multimedia composition as action research. Secondly, the paper presents methodologies for multimedia composers to undertake evaluation of practice, practice-led research, and practice as research. Each methodology specifies the type of research output, ranging from papers to creative works and is tested for validity against extant literature from the research community. In summary, the paper presents some interesting findings; namely, that practice as research is not a valid form of research, along with several other points of discussion including a broad definition of multimedia composition and a useful model for teaching and learning purposes.