A Sense of Touch: Haptics in New Musical Instruments

We listen through our ears, but music exists in the body as well. Whether it's dance, striking a drum, or feeling the bass, music and the body are inextricable. But in today’s electronic hardware controllers, our physical sense of the music is sometimes an afterthought.

Haptic technology is concerned with using the sense of touch for communication and other forms of interaction. This discussion brings together researchers looking to use the field to make electronic musical instruments more multisensory. We'll talk about the promise and challenges of haptics in music making, as well as how touch-based feedback can transform the very act of playing music. We will also share some simple ways you can integrate these concepts into your own practice.