The Hapstrument: A Bimanual Haptic Interface for Musical Expression

Jonathan Lane-Smith, Derrek Chow, Sahand Ajami, and Jeremy Cooperstock

Proceedings of the International Conference on New Interfaces for Musical Expression

  • Year: 2023
  • Location: Mexico City, Mexico
  • Track: Work in Progress
  • Pages: 549–553
  • Article Number: 77
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Abstract:

In this paper, we present the Hapstrument: a bimanual haptic interface for musical expression. This DMI uses two low-cost 2-DoF haptic force-feedback devices, one for each hand. The left device controls pitch selection, while the right device controls excitation by simulating the feeling of bowing or plucking a string. A user study was run to evaluate the effectiveness of the Hapstrument. This evaluation received a wide range of reviews, from excellent to poor. Ultimately, the musical backgrounds of the participants greatly impacted their experiences with the Hapstrument. For participants whose expectations aligned with what the instrument could provide, it was an effective DMI that uses force feedback to enhance musical expression.

Citation:

Jonathan Lane-Smith, Derrek Chow, Sahand Ajami, and Jeremy Cooperstock. 2023. The Hapstrument: A Bimanual Haptic Interface for Musical Expression. Proceedings of the International Conference on New Interfaces for Musical Expression. DOI:

BibTeX Entry:

  @article{nime2023_77,
 abstract = {In this paper, we present the Hapstrument: a bimanual haptic interface for musical expression. This DMI uses two low-cost 2-DoF haptic force-feedback devices, one for each hand. The left device controls pitch selection, while the right device controls excitation by simulating the feeling of bowing or plucking a string. A user study was run to evaluate the effectiveness of the Hapstrument. This evaluation
received a wide range of reviews, from excellent to poor. Ultimately, the musical backgrounds of the participants greatly impacted their experiences with the Hapstrument. For participants whose expectations aligned with what the instrument could provide, it was an effective DMI that uses force feedback to enhance musical expression.},
 address = {Mexico City, Mexico},
 articleno = {77},
 author = {Jonathan Lane-Smith and Derrek Chow and Sahand Ajami and Jeremy Cooperstock},
 booktitle = {Proceedings of the International Conference on New Interfaces for Musical Expression},
 editor = {Miguel Ortiz and Adnan Marquez-Borbon},
 issn = {2220-4806},
 month = {May},
 numpages = {5},
 pages = {549--553},
 title = {The Hapstrument: A Bimanual Haptic Interface for Musical Expression},
 track = {Work in Progress},
 url = {http://nime.org/proceedings/2023/nime2023_77.pdf},
 year = {2023}
}