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

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Authors:

Patrick Ignoto, Ian Hattwick, Marcelo M. Wanderley

Abstract:

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.



Publication Type:

Conference Paper

Publication Date:

07/24/2017

Publisher:

8th International Conference on Applied Human Factors and Ergonomics

Location:

Los Angeles, USA

IDMIL Participants:

Marcelo M. Wanderley and Patrick Ignoto