- Feeling the beat where it counts: fostering multi-limb rhythm skills with the haptic drum kit
- 4th International Conference on Tangible, Embedded, and Embodied Interaction (TEI '10), Cambridge, MA
- Book/source title
- Proceedings of TEI '10, the 4th International Conference on Tangible, Embedded, and Embodied Interaction, Cambridge, MA
- Pages (from-to)
- New York: ACM
- Document type
- Conference contribution
- Faculty of Science (FNWI)
- Informatics Institute (IVI)
This paper introduces a tool known as the Haptic Drum Kit, which employs four computer-controlled vibrotactile devices, one attached to each wrist and ankle. In the applications discussed here, haptic pulses are used to guide the playing, on a drum kit, of rhythmic patterns that require multi-limb co-ordination. The immediate aim is to foster rhythm skills and multi-limb coordination. A broader aim is to systematically develop skills in recognizing, identifying, memorizing, retaining, analyzing, reproducing, and composing polyphonic rhythms. We consider the implications of three different theories for this approach: the work of the music educator Dalcroze (1865-1950 ; the entrainment theory of human rhythm perception and production [2,3]; and sensory motor contingency theory . In this paper we report on a design study; and identify and discuss a variety of emerging design issues. The study demonstrates that beginning drummers are able to learn intricate drum patterns from haptic stimuli alone.
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