WORKSHOP: Introduction to Digital Haptic Sound Creation

WORKSHOP: Introduction to
Digital Haptic Sound Creation

WORKSHOP: Introduction to Digital Haptic Sound Creation

led by Alexis Story Crawshaw, Ph.D., Ph.D.


10am–4pm, Sunday, January 22, 2023

$125 per participant

Lunch included

12 spots available



Santa Barbara Center for Art, 

Science and Technology (SBCAST)

Studio E

513 Garden St.

Santa Barbara, CA 93101


Learn how to enhance your art and technology work through sound technology and the sense of touch!

·      We can perceive sound through vibrational touch and via other structures in our bodies, like our chest.

·      Touch adds a powerful sense of presence and immersion in virtual and artistic settings.

·      We can create compelling content, and even music, for touch with special haptic devices and digital sound tools.


This workshop is an introduction to crafting haptic experiences using sound. This overview is valuable for individuals working in the arts and in technology, especially in the following areas:

·      art installation,

·      VR/AR/XR,

·      music composition,

·      sound design,

·      wearable technology,

·      interaction design, and

·      gestural control.


We will cover a range of topics accompanied by hands-on making, providing:

·      original theory,

·      custom digital tools in the software Max (Cycling ’74), and

·      access to different haptic devices.


You will learn:

·      core concepts regarding the somatic experience of sound

·      techniques, tips, and tools for creating haptic content, regarding:

o   body resonances

o   multichannel panning

o   virtual reality feedback

o   perceptual illusions


To participate, you will need to bring a LAPTOP equipped with the following elements:

·      A port or dongle for a headphone jack (3.5mm)

·      An installed version of the software Max by Cycling ’74:

o   You can download a free 30-day trial here:

o   Or you can pay $10 for a month-long subscription here:


No prior coding experience or experience with Max is necessary for participation.


This workshop is designed for all levels of expertise and features original research of interest to experts.

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