Franziska Schroeder is a saxophonist, theorist, and a senior lecturer at the Sonic Arts Research Centre, School of Arts, English and Languages and a Fellow of the HEA (Higher Education Academy in the UK). She serves on the peer review panel for the UK's AHRC (Arts and Humanities Research Council) and is a registered expert for the EU's Education, Audiovisual and Culture Executive Agency (EACEA).
Franziska was awarded her PhD from the University of Edinburgh in 2006, and has since written for many international journals, including Leonardo, Organised Sound, Performance Research, Cambridge Publishing and Routledge. She has published a book on performance and the threshold, an edited volume on user-generated content and in 2014 a book on improvisation entitled "Soundweaving".
Franziska has performed with many international musicians including Joan La Barbara, Pauline Oliveros, Stelarc, the Avatar Orchestra, and Evan Parker. Franziska has released two CDs on the creative source label, a CD with Slam records, and a 2015 album (entitled 'Barely Cool" with improvisors from Brazil) on the pfmentum label.
Michelle McCormack is founder and CEO of The Drake Music Project Northern Ireland, a charity that provides access to independent music making for children and adults with complex disabilities. The charity that has been operating for 25 years provides workshops in composition and performance skills through adapted computer interfacing technology, in order that physical and cognitive ability is matched to an appropriate gestural interface, allowing people with disabilities the opportunity to express their creativity in an independent and controllable environment.
Brendan McCloskey is a musician and accessible digital instrument designer, who has worked with Drake Music NI for over ten years, as Access Music tutor and Training Officer. His interests include hacking and repurposing cheap electronics, and building customised instruments for people with disabilities. Brendan completed his PhD in 2014 at University of Ulster where he designed a prototype DMI (inGrid) that offers independent real-time expressive control over dynamic musical cues. Performers can control the shape, loudness, timbre, vibrato and resonance of a dynamic digital instrument based on an ostensibly simple switch-targeting gesture. Furthermore, by striking two targets, the performer can control melodic contour and speed.’
Koichi Samuels is a music researcher and electronic musician. He completed his doctoral research in 2016, studying inclusive music practices and interfaces with The Drake Music Project Northern Ireland (DMNI), a charity that aims to enable musicians with physical disabilities and learning difficulties to compose and perform their own music through music technology. He has also led accessible design workshops and worked with DMNI in research activities and inclusive music workshop facilitation. Research interests include: inclusive music, digital musical instruments, critical making, HCI, electronic music. Koichi also produces a releases electronic music as a solo artist on Soma Records and Planet Rhythm, and with Phil Kieran in the duo Spires.