Jens Vetter

PhD Research Project: "Tangible Signals"
Tangible Music Lab
Institute of Media Studies,
University of Art and Design Linz
Supervisor: Prof.Dr. Martin Kaltenbrunner

Funded by: ÖAW | DOC Fellowship of the Austrian Academy of Sciences 2019

The PhD research project “Tangible Signals” investigates the physical representation and haptic feedback control of computer sound data.

The creation and manipulation of sounds is fascinating and challenging. The availability and ease of use of microcontrollers, sensors and easily accessible programming environments supported the transition from Graphical User Interfaces (GUI) to Tangible User Interfaces (TUI). But while many NIMEs and TUIs concentrate on enabling the creation and control of digital data, especially the control of musical parameters through the availability of tangible interaction, yet there are only a few interfaces and devices which are able to dynamically represent data in a physical way and at the same time offer the possibility to control or change this data representation and thus the data itself.

The physical representation and modification of digital sound data including haptic feedback is the core of this research work Tangible Signals. The audience is at first visually impaired musicians who are limited in their work with GUIs, but also sighted musicians who want to integrate a physical level into their creative process. In addition, this research may also be of interest to other disciplines that benefit from physical representation and modification of data.

* This research project started in October 2018. It is funded with the DOC Fellowship of the Austrian Academy of Sciences 2019.
* In collaboration with the Federal Institute of the Blind, Vienna.

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