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Tangible Signals – Physical Representation of Sound and Haptic Control Feedback

Jens Vetter

Workshop material for Tangible Signals at BBI Vienna

Projektteam / Project Team: Jens Vetter, Supervisor: Martin Kaltenbrunner
Art der Förderung / Funded by: ÖAW | DOC Fellowship of the Austrian Academy of Sciences 2019
Projektleitung / Project Lead: Jens Vetter
Projektlaufzeit / Period of Funding: June 2019 – June 2022
Institut / Department: Institute of Media Studies, Tangible Music Lab
ProjektpartnerInnen / Project Partners: Erich Schmid (BBI – Institute for the Blind, Vienna)

The PhD research project Tangible Signals investigates the dynamic physical representation and haptic feedback control of computer music and sound data using motorised or actuated objects. Tangible interfaces, e.g. Reactable or SoundFORM, have significantly expanded the interaction modes and thus the spectrum of music making. However, when it comes to digital music-making, the processing, e.g. in digital audio workstations, is still mostly GUI based, the musical content is usually converted to analog sound and played back via loudspeakers. That excludes particularly visual-impaired musicians. This project attempts to expand the GUI-based workflow by exploring not only a static physical manifestation (e.g. sculptures, printings), but a dynamic physical representation and manipulation of sound. 

Research Questions:
• How can the physical representation of sound and haptic feedback control contribute to the process of sound generation, sound processing and artistic performance?
• How does the physical representation of sound and its haptic control feedback open up new inspiration and creativity in artistic-musical expression?
• How does the interaction with the physical representation of sound and its haptic control feedback compare to GUI-based workflows?

Kontaktperson / Contact Person: Jens Vetter, jens.vetter@ufg.at