Feeling the beat where it counts: fostering multi-limb rhythm skills with the haptic drum kit
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AbstractThis 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.
CitationHolland, S., Bouwer, A. J., Dalgleish, M. and Hurtig, T. M. (2010) Feeling the beat where it counts: fostering multi-limb rhythm skills with the haptic drum kit. TEI '10, Proceedings of the fourth international conference on Tangible, embedded, and embodied interaction, pp. 21-28. 24th-27th January, 2010, Cambridge, Massachusetts.
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