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Musical Haptics

  • 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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Table of contents (13 chapters)

  1. Front Matter

    Pages i-xv
  2. Musical Haptics: Introduction

    • Stefano Papetti, Charalampos Saitis
    Pages 1-7Open Access
  3. Musical Haptics: Interaction and Perception

    1. Front Matter

      Pages 9-9
    2. Once More, with Feeling: Revisiting the Role of Touch in Performer-Instrument Interaction

      • Sile O’Modhrain, R. Brent Gillespie
      Pages 11-27Open Access
    3. A Brief Overview of the Human Somatosensory System

      • Vincent Hayward
      Pages 29-48Open Access
    4. Perception of Vibrotactile Cues in Musical Performance

      • Federico Fontana, Stefano Papetti, Hanna Järveläinen, Federico Avanzini, Bruno L. Giordano
      Pages 49-72Open Access
    5. The Role of Haptic Cues in Musical Instrument Quality Perception

      • Charalampos Saitis, Hanna Järveläinen, Claudia Fritz
      Pages 73-93Open Access
    6. A Functional Analysis of Haptic Feedback in Digital Musical Instrument Interactions

      • Gareth W. Young, David Murphy, Jeffrey Weeter
      Pages 95-122Open Access
    7. Auditory-Tactile Experience of Music

      • Sebastian Merchel, M. Ercan Altinsoy
      Pages 123-148Open Access
  4. Haptic Musical Interfaces: Design and Applications

    1. Front Matter

      Pages 149-149
    2. The MSCI Platform: A Framework for the Design and Simulation of Multisensory Virtual Musical Instruments

      • James Leonard, Nicolas Castagné, Claude Cadoz, Annie Luciani
      Pages 151-169Open Access
    3. Force-Feedback Instruments for the Laptop Orchestra of Louisiana

      • Edgar Berdahl, Andrew Pfalz, Michael Blandino, Stephen David Beck
      Pages 171-191Open Access
    4. Design of Vibrotactile Feedback and Stimulation for Music Performance

      • Marcello Giordano, John Sullivan, Marcelo M. Wanderley
      Pages 193-214Open Access
    5. Haptics for the Development of Fundamental Rhythm Skills, Including Multi-limb Coordination

      • Simon Holland, Anders Bouwer, Oliver Hödl
      Pages 215-237Open Access
    6. Touchscreens and Musical Interaction

      • M. Ercan Altinsoy, Sebastian Merchel
      Pages 239-255Open Access
    7. Implementation and Characterization of Vibrotactile Interfaces

      • Stefano Papetti, Martin Fröhlich, Federico Fontana, Sébastien Schiesser, Federico Avanzini
      Pages 257-282Open Access
  5. Back Matter

    Pages 283-285

About this book

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.


  • Haptic Musical Instruments
  • Haptic Psychophysics
  • Interface Design and Evaluation
  • User Experience
  • Musical Performance
  • Open Access

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

Bibliographic Information

Buying options

Softcover Book USD 59.99
Price excludes VAT (USA)
Hardcover Book USD 59.99
Price excludes VAT (USA)