Physical Modelling Concepts for a Collection of Multisensory Virtual Musical Instruments

Leonard, James and Cadoz, Claude

Proceedings of the International Conference on New Interfaces for Musical Expression

This paper discusses how haptic devices and physical modelling can be employed to design and simulate multisensory virtual musical instruments, providing the musician with joint audio, visual and haptic feedback. After briefly reviewing some of the main use-cases of haptics in Computer Music, we present GENESIS-RT, a software and hardware platform dedicated to the design and real-time haptic playing of virtual musical instruments using mass-interaction physical modelling. We discuss our approach and report on advancements in modelling various instrument categories instruments, including physical models of percussion, plucked and bowed instruments. Finally, we comment on the constraints, challenges and new possibilities opened by modelling haptic virtual instruments with our platform, and discuss common points and differences in regards to classical Digital Musical Instruments.