Big Ears 2015

Performance without barriers


Sonic Arts Research Centre at Queen's collaboration with Drake Music Project Northern Ireland

In 2015, the ‘Big Ears’ project enabled musicians with physical disabilities and learning difficulties to independently compose and perform their own music through technology.

The design programme brought together musicians, engineers and programmers who met Drake musicians in order to collaboratively create and develop instruments. These designs were then used for an improvised electronic music ensemble performance, taking place at a unique centre for digital technologies – the Sonic Lab!

This year SARC has put together an exciting programme to continue their collaboration with The Drake Music Project Northern Ireland. The programme involves two design days (7th - 9th June) where designers will be prototyping inclusive musical interfaces by working with disabled musicians. An international networking meeting for partners working in the area of inclusive music making, digital design, disability and well-being will take place on 10th June 2016.

Click SARCDMNI_Impact for the promotional leaflet.

This collaboration impacts positively on the quality of life of disabled musicians across Northern Ireland. The composition and performance skills are enhanced by using adapted computer interfacing technology, in order that physical and cognitive abilities are matched to an appropriate gestural interface, allowing people with disabilities the opportunity to express their creativity in an independent and controllable environment.

Also in 2016, SARC will continue their collaboration which will culminate in an invited performance at Ireland’s longest running contemporary music festival, the Sonorities Festival of Contemporary Music

Drake Music Project Northern Ireland

5 Win Business Park Canal Quay
BT35 6PH

Phone: +44 (0)28 30264294
Fax: +44 (0)28 30262100

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