The Haptic Baton is a wireless conducting system that aims to smash down barriers. Currently visually impaired musicians around the world can find it difficult to perform with traditionally conducted orchestras as they cannot physically see the conductor and a traditional baton. This is a huge missed opportunity for players, music lovers and the world of music as a whole.

The Baton Project aims to help change this. To progress music culture forever. To provide access for all to music creation and the stage.

This new device captures the speed, angle, attack and sway of the conductor’s hand in real time and beams it directly to every player wearing a vibration receiver. They feel the expression and timing of the conductor - as if they were seeing the baton itself.

The Haptic Baton was invented by Rolf Gehlhaar and developed with Charles Matthews in partnership with The Paraorchestra and Friends, Percussionist Kyungho Jeon and Dominant Agency Korea

"The vibrations and buzzing of the Haptic Baton had a sensation which we could react to like magnesium. All of a sudden we were in this liberating universe, connected as one unity rather than the beats providing a rhythmic obstacle that we had to face..."

Visually impaired pianist, Rachel Starritt, explains how the concert felt.


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