Symposium on Force Feedback and Music

This CIRMMT Symposium is organized and sponsored by the Input Devices and Music Interaction Laboratory in collaboration with CIRMMT Research Axis 1 - Instruments, devices, and systems -, Research Axis 3 - Cognition, Perception and Movement -, and the INRIA-FRQNT MIDWAY "équipes de recherche associées"- It will take place on Friday and Saturday, December 9th and 10th 2016, in room A-832 (Elizabeth Wirth, New Music Building). This symposium is free and open to all, REGISTRATION is mandatory.

Registration:    Please register HERE 


ForceFeedback and MusicThough haptics research in music is a very active research field, it seems presently dominated by tactile interfaces, due in part to the widespread availability of vibrotactile feedback in portable devices. Though not recent—with some of its early contributions dating back to the end of the 70s—research on force-feedback in musical applications has traditionally suffered from exogenous issues such as hardware cost, as well as the lack of community-wide accessibility to software and hardware platforms for prototyping musical applications. Despite this situation, in recent years several works have addressed this topic proposing software platforms and simulation models. 

This symposium will discuss the current state of research and future trends on force-feedback and music (FF&M).  

[A few of the force-feedback devices at IDMIL, McGill]


  • Bret Battey, De Montfort University, England
  • Edgar Berdahl, Louisiana State University, USA
  • Christian Frisson, Inria Lille, France
  • Alexandros Kontogeorgakopoulos, Cardiff School of Art and Design, Wales [on career break]
  • James Leonard, Grenoble, France
  • Joseph Malloch, Dalhousie University, Canada
  • Julian Neri, McGill University, Canada
  • Thomas Pietrzak, Université Lille 1, France
  • Ian Sinclair, MPB Technologies Inc, Canada
  • Stephen Sinclair, Inria, Chile
  • Marcelo Wanderley, IDMIL/CIRMMT, McGill University, Canada



Friday, DECEMBER 9th, 2016

09.30am   Marcelo Wanderley, Widespread Use of Force-Feedback Models in Computer Music: Is this ever going to happen?

10.00am   Stephen Sinclair,  Thinking outside the virtual box: Can we do feedback haptics better and cheaper?

11.00am   Coffee Break

11.20am   Bret Battey, Force-Feedback Interactions with Generative Music

12.20pm   Alexandros Kontogeorgakopoulos, Musical Compositions and Algorithms of Force Feedback Systems

12.50pm   Lunch (provided)

2.00pm     Edgar Berdahl, Approaches for Composing Music for Force-Feedback Instruments

3.00pm     Julian Neri, Feedback from the FireFader

3.30pm     Thomas Pietrzak, Towards the Full Experience of Playing Drums on a Virtual Drum Kit

4.00pm    Coffee Break.

4.30pm     Discussion


Saturday, DECEMBER 10th, 2016

9.30am      James Leonard, Force Feedback Multisensory Virtual Musical Instruments – Challenges & Perspectives

10.30am    Ian Sinclair, The Role of Standards in Force-Feedback Interaction

11.00am   Coffee Break

11.20am   Christian Frisson, Force-feedback (rotary) audio browsing

12.20pm    Joseph Malloch, Adapting existing mapping tools for supporting force-feedback musical instruments

1.20pm      Closing remarks