A Force Sensitive Multi-touch Array Supporting Multiple 2-D Musical Control Structures

Publication Type  Conference Paper
Year of Publication  2007
Authors  David Wessel; Rimas Avizienis; Adrian Freed; Matthew Wright
Conference Name  New Interfaces for Musical Expression
Pagination  41-45
Conference Start Date  07/06/2007
Conference Location  New York
Key Words  Pressure and force sensing; High-resolution gestural signals; Touchpad; VersaPad.
Abstract  We describe the design, implementation, and evaluation with real musical use of a force sensitive multi-touch array of touchpads. Each of the touchpads supports a three dimensional representation of musical material: two spatial dimensions plus a force measurement we typically use to control dynamics. Our system uses 24 pads laid out in a “brick wall” style array that fits nicely under the two hands. We emphasize the treatment of gestures as sub-sampled audio signals. This tight coupling of gesture with audio provides for a high degree of control intimacy.
URL  http://portal.acm.org/citation.cfm?id=1279740.1279745
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