Development of a Vibrotactile Metronome to Assist in Conducting Contemporary Classical Music

Conference paper
Part of the Advances in Intelligent Systems and Computing book series (AISC, volume 595)


Contemporary classical music conductors are often required to perform music that requires a click track for accurate tempo following. Auditory click tracks can be obtrusive as they block an ear and interfere with the conductor’s perception of the music being performed. We propose a device and framework that uses the tactile sense to provide a similar functionality.We outline the unique requirements such a system would require gathered from interviews with an expert conductor. A series of prototypes were developed and presented to the conductor in order to design a device to meet these requirements. A test conducted to verify the current system’s timing performance showed a mean error of 0.54% compared to the audio click track.


Interface design Music technology Vibrotactile display 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Input Devices and Music Interaction Laboratory (IDMIL), Centre for Interdisciplinary Research in Music Media and Technology (CIRMMT)McGill UniversityMontrealCanada

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