+1 Recommend
1 collections
      • Record: found
      • Abstract: found
      • Conference Proceedings: found
      Is Open Access

      Accessible Choral Ensembles for Visually Impaired Singers


      1 , 1

      Proceedings of the 32nd International BCS Human Computer Interaction Conference (HCI)

      Human Computer Interaction Conference

      4 - 6 July 2018

      Human-computer interaction in choral activities, gesture recognition and interpretation, realtime communications



            Choral activities are generally led by a conductor who uses visual cues and non-verbal instructions to drive the performance. Song dynamics are generally well rehearsed however live performances may necessitate unrehearsed messages in order to correct errors or to introduce dynamics in response to external factors. These messages are communicated by the choir master just-in-time, to which however, visually impaired choristers have no access. This paper outlines an investigation into how technology can contribute to this end while presenting a solution which adopts optoelectronic devices for gesture recognition, real-time communication protocols and over-the-air haptic-feedback to enable participation while minimising adoption barriers via intuitive and low-friction interaction. Insights from both qualitative and quantitative techniques will be presented along with techniques used to understand, assess and evaluate the domain in an iterative series of interventions.


            Author and article information

            July 2018
            July 2018
            : 1-10
            [1 ] Faculty of ICT

            University of Malta
            © Galea et al. Published by BCS Learning and Development Ltd. Proceedings of British HCI 2018. Belfast, UK.

            This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 Unported License. To view a copy of this license, visit http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/

            Proceedings of the 32nd International BCS Human Computer Interaction Conference
            Belfast, UK
            4 - 6 July 2018
            Electronic Workshops in Computing (eWiC)
            Human Computer Interaction Conference
            Product Information: 1477-9358BCS Learning & Development
            Self URI (journal page): https://ewic.bcs.org/
            Electronic Workshops in Computing


            1. 2014 Hand posture and gesture recognition technology Neural Computing and Applications 25 3)871 878 doi:10.1007/s00521-014-1574-4

            2. 1993 Light baton system: A system for conducting computer music performance Interface 22 3)243 257 doi:10.1080/09298219308570635

            3. 1997 WorldBeat: Designing a baton-based interface for an interactive music exhibit Paper presented at the Proceedings of the ACM SIGCHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems Atlanta, Georgia, USA 131 138

            4. 2004 Personal orchestra: A real-time audio/video system for interactive conducting Multimedia Systems 9 5 458 465

            5. 2006 Using thematic analysis in psychology Qualitative Research in Psychology 3 2)77 101 doi:10.1191/1478088706qp063oa

            6. 2010 Musical gestures: Sound, movement and meaning rolf inge godoy and marc leman (eds.). Musicultures 37 0

            7. 2010 The Right Hand In Conducting Choirs 1 The Promising Conductor Roger Dean Publishing Company, a Lorenz Company

            8. 2018 Choral conducting New York Routledge

            9. 2011 The WebSocket protocol. () IETF: Internet Engineering Task Force; Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF) Retrieved from http://tools.ietf.org/html/rfc6455

            10. 2015 Gesture-driven interaction using the leap motion to conduct a 3D particle system: Evaluation and analysis of an orchestral performance SBC Journal on Interactive Systems 6 2 11 21

            11. 2012 Applied thematic analysis Introduction to applied thematic analysis 3 20)Thousand Oaks, California SAGE Publications, Inc

            12. 2014 Exclusive: PMD’s CamBoard pico XS is the tiniest gesture camera we’ve ever seen http://www.engadget.com/2014/01/10/pmd-camboard-pico-xs-gesture-camera/ (accessed April 2018)

            13. 2004(2004 You’re the conductor: A realistic interactive conducting system for children Paper presented at the In Proceedings of the NIME 2004 Conference on New Interfaces for Musical Expression 68 73

            14. 2010 Conducting a blind choir: An experience from argentina Europa Cantat Magazine Music and Handicap 3

            15. 1997(1997 The digital baton: A versatile performance instrument Paper presented at the Proceedings of the International Computer Music Conference 313 316

            16. 2010 The academician petko staynov choir: A mixed professional choir of the blind in sofia, bulgaria Europa Cantat Magazine: Music and Handicap 3

            17. 1996 The relationship between nonverbal communication and conducting: An interview with rodney eichenberger Choral Journal 36 10)17

            18. 2009 With access and accommodation for all The Voice of Chorus America 32 2

            19. 2007 Gesture recognition: A survey IEEE Transactions on Systems, Man, and Cybernetics Part C (Applications and Reviews) 37 3)311 324 doi:10.1109/TSMCC.2007.893280

            20. 2015 How useful is braille music?: A critical review International Journal of Disability, Development and Education 62 3)303 318 doi:10.1080/1034912X.2015.1020921

            21. Royal National Institute of Blind People(2016 Braille music http://www.rnib.org.uk/braille-and-moon-%E2%80%93-tactile-codes/braille-music

            22. 2002 What is interaction design? Interaction design(1st ed.1 31)New York, NY, USA John Wiley & Sons, Inc

            23. 2013 Article: Hand gesture recognition systems: A survey International Journal of Computer Applications 71 15 25 37

            24. 2010 Cross-modal plasticity of tactile perception in blindness Restor Neurol Neurosci 28 2)271 281 doi:10.3233/RNN-2010-0534

            25. 2012 Quantifying the user experience: Practical statistics for user research Elsevier/Morgan Kaufmann Retrieved from http://books.google.com.mt/books?id=QncH02-bvjoC

            26. 1999 Resources for helping blind music students Future Reflections 18 1

            27. 2014 One-man orchestra: Conducting smartphone orchestra Paper presented at the SIGGRAPH Asia 2014 Emerging Technologies Shenzhen, China 11 1 11 2 doi:10.1145/2669047.2669049 Retrieved from http://doi.acm.org/10.1145/2669047.2669049

            28. 2010 Early but not late-blindness leads to enhanced auditory perception Neuropsychologia 48 1)344 doi:http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.neuropsychologia.2009.08.016

            29. (2002 Relationships between perceptions of conducting effectiveness and ensemble performance Journal of Research in Music Education 50 2)165 176 doi:10.2307/3345820


            Comment on this article