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Tuesday, June 5 • 4:00pm - 5:30pm
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Haptic-Listening and the Classical Guitar
by John McDowell

This paper reports the development of a ‘haptic-listening’ system which presents the listener with a representation of the vibrotactile feedback perceived by a classical guitarist during performance through the use of haptic feedback technology. The paper describes the design of the haptic-listening system which is in two prototypes: the “DIY Haptic Guitar” and a more robust haptic-listening Trial prototype using a Reckhorn BS-200 shaker. Through two experiments, the perceptual significance and overall musical contribution of the addition of haptic feedback in a listening context was evaluated. Subjects preferred listening to the classical guitar presentation with the addition of haptic feedback and the addition of haptic feedback contributed to listeners’ engagement with a performance. The results of the experiments and their implications are discussed in this paper.

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John McDowell

Graduate, Trinity College Dublin
John McDowell graduated from Trinity College Dublin with a Masters degree in Music and Media Technologies in 2017. John focused on the role of haptics in instrumental music listening. John studied the classical guitar under internationally renowned performer and musicologist, John... Read More →


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