Zstretch is a textile music controller that supports expressive haptic interactions. The musical controller takes advantage of the fabric’s topological constraints to enable proportional control of musical parameters. This novel interface explores ways in which one might treat music as a sheet of cloth.
This paper proposes an approach to engage simple technologies for supporting ordinary hand interactions. We show that this combination of basic technology with general tactile movements can result in an expressive musical interface.

Credits: Chang and Ishii 2007


A. Chang and H. Ishii, “Zstretch : a stretchy fabric music controller,” in Proceedings of the international conference on new interfaces for musical expression, New York City, NY, United States, 2007, p. 46–49. [pdf]

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