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Musical Haptics

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  • Explains how haptic feedback in digital musical interfaces leads to enhanced performance and expressivity, and improved user experience
  • Presents both theoretical and practical aspects of haptic musical interaction and perception
  • Defines an original and challenging interdisciplinary framework for the design and evaluation of haptic interfaces

Part of the book series: Springer Series on Touch and Haptic Systems (SSTHS)

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This open access book offers an original interdisciplinary overview of the role of haptic feedback in musical interaction. Divided into two parts, part I examines the tactile aspects of music performance and perception, discussing how they affect user experience and performance in terms of usability, functionality and perceived quality of musical instruments. Part II presents engineering, computational, and design approaches and guidelines that have been applied to render and exploit haptic feedback in digital musical interfaces.

Musical Haptics  introduces an emerging field that brings together engineering, human-computer interaction, applied psychology, musical aesthetics, and music performance. The latter, defined as the complex system of sensory-motor interactions between musicians and their instruments, presents a well-defined framework in which to study basic psychophysical, perceptual, and biomechanical aspects of touch, all of which will inform the design of haptic musical interfaces. Tactile and proprioceptive cues enable embodied interaction and inform sophisticated control strategies that allow skilled musicians to achieve high performance and expressivity. The use of haptic feedback in digital musical interfaces is expected to enhance user experience and performance, improve accessibility for disabled persons, and provide an effective means for musical tuition and guidance.

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Table of contents (13 chapters)

  1. Musical Haptics: Interaction and Perception

  2. Haptic Musical Interfaces: Design and Applications

Editors and Affiliations

  • ICST—Institute for Computer Music and Sound Technology, Zürcher Hochschule der Künste, Zurich, Switzerland

    Stefano Papetti

  • Audio Communication Group, Technische Universität Berlin, Berlin, Germany

    Charalampos Saitis

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