Feeling Sound: Exploring a Haptic-Audio Relationship
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”.
KeywordsHaptics Composition Multimodal Correlation Vibrotactile
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