A special concert using a device that allows the performer to feel the conductor’s movements on the skin

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In the Department of Information and Computer Science at Keio University’s Faculty of Science and Technology, Professor Yuta Sugiura’s research lab has been developing a device that allows individuals to feel the movements of a conductor through their skin. We are pleased to announce that we will be organizing a concert, which will also serve as a public experiment to confirm the practical application of this device in actual performances.

Individuals with visual impairments often find it challenging to observe the conductor’s movements, making it difficult to grasp elements such as the tempo and dynamics of the music being presented. This difficulty can create obstacles for participation in orchestral performances. To address this issue, we have developed a system where performers wear a device that vibrates in response to the conductor’s baton movements, allowing them to sense the conductor’s gestures through their backs.

During the concert, we will collaborate with Yusaku Sakata san, a horn player with visual impairments, to determine the feasibility of using the developed device in live performances.

In the panel talk with Sakata san, we plan to introduce the current situation surrounding visually impaired performers and how they usually perform. We look forward to welcoming all of you to the event!

Date: December 3rd, 2023, 14:00-15:30
Place: Student Communication Room, 1st floor, Building 14, Yagami Campus
Application: https://forms.gle/qa5e7LufJBcdiSD18
Invited Performer: Yusaku Sakata
(Cooperation) Wagner Society Orchestra

Research Lab Website: https://lclab.org

Contact regarding to this article

Lifestyle Computing Lab, Keio University, Department of Information and Computer Science
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