Feeling Sound: Exploring a Haptic-Audio Relationship

  • Joanne Armitage
  • Kia Ng
Conference paper
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 9617)


Sound propagates through space as a series of vibrations; the physical attributes of this motion excite and engage listeners. For example, when standing close to a loudspeaker, you can feel the propagation of waveforms through the speaker cone; this is particularly prominent at low frequencies. Instrumentalists feel parallel, physical sensations as their instrument produces sound. This project explores haptic and vibrotactile stimulation as an additional sensory modality, or channel of communication through which musical information can be enhanced. This paper describes the background, and design and development of a haptic interface for the purpose of audio-haptic performances in the context of the installation entitled, “Enclosed”.


Haptics Composition Multimodal Correlation Vibrotactile 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.School of Music and School of ComputingICSRiM - University of LeedsLeedsUK

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