Development and validation of a sensory-substitution technology for music

Authors

  • Carmen Branje Center for Learning Technology, Ryerson University, 350 Victoria St., ON M5B 2K3, Canada
  • Michael Maksimowski Dept. of Psychology, Ryerson University, 350 Victoria St., ON M5B 2K3, Canada
  • Gabe Nespoli Dept. of Psychology, Ryerson University, 350 Victoria St., ON M5B 2K3, Canada
  • Maria Karam Center for Learning Technology, Ryerson University, 350 Victoria St., ON M5B 2K3, Canada
  • Deborah Fels Center for Learning Technology, Ryerson University, 350 Victoria St., ON M5B 2K3, Canada
  • Frank Russo Dept. of Psychology, Ryerson University, 350 Victoria St., ON M5B 2K3, Canada

Keywords:

Acoustic signal processing, Frequency differences, Frequency discrimination, Single point, Vibrotactile

Abstract

A study was conducted to investigate aspects of music that were perceived through vibration. The first experiment used the method of limits to measure ability to discriminate the frequency of vibrotactile stimuli across a wide range of frequencies common to music. Investigations revealed that the skin needed to have some degree of frequency discrimination ability for vibrotactile music to be a viable undertaking. A single large conactor was placed on the lower back of each of the 4 participants to conduct the investigations. All anchor and comparison stimuli were equated for subjective intensity in a preliminary experiment. Results indicated that frequency difference limens stimuli presented as a single point of vibration on the back fall between 2 and 3 semitones across the range of vibrotactile sensitivity.

Published

2009-09-01

How to Cite

1.
Branje C, Maksimowski M, Nespoli G, Karam M, Fels D, Russo F. Development and validation of a sensory-substitution technology for music. Canadian Acoustics [Internet]. 2009Sep.1 [cited 2020Aug.10];37(3):186-7. Available from: https://jcaa.caa-aca.ca/index.php/jcaa/article/view/2196

Issue

Section

Proceedings of the Acoustics Week in Canada

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