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Eye Tapping

A short paper I presented at the International Conference on New Interfaces for Musical Expression (NIME), 30 May – 1 June 2011, Oslo, Norway. This paper was heavily inspired by Hornof, A., & Vessey, K. (2011).


The aim of this study was to investigate how well subjects beat out a rhythm using eye movements and to establish the most accurate method of doing this. Eighteen subjects participated in an experiment were five different methods were evaluated. A fixation based method was found to be the most accurate. All subjects were able to synchronizetheir eye movements with a given beat but the accuracy was much lower than usually found in finger tapping studies. Many parts of the body are used to make music but so far, with a few exceptions, the eyes have been silent. The research presented here provides guidelines for implementing eye controlled musical interfaces. Such interfaces would enable performers and artists to use eye movement for musical expression and would open up new, exiting possibilities. full_paper_pdf


Hornof, A., & Vessey, K. (2011). The sound of one eye clapping: Tapping an accurate rhythm with eye movements. Proceedings of the 55nd Annual Meeting of the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society, to appear.