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HackDay 2016

Accessible Digital Musical Instrument Design Workshop

Invited interface/instrument designers will work with Drake Music NI, a charity that aims to enable disabled musicians to perform and compose their own music through the use of music technology, in order to develop musical instruments for and with disabled musicians (led by Koichi Samuels).


Call for Participation



Drake music NI Ensemble Concert

We have invited composers, sound artists, DIY makers, digital musical instrument and interaction designers to engage with the subject of accessible interactive design for musical/sound performance and collaborate with disabled musicians to create accessible digital musical instruments and an improvised ensemble performance.


This June five designers met with four pupils from Fleming Fulton and Mitchell House schools, Belfast and a young person from Brain Injury Matters charity to collaborate together and design a customised accessible digital musical instrument.


The designers then spent two days working on their customised interface prototypes, which were documented, taken into the schools to presented to the pupils to gather feedback and opinions. In September, the pupils and designers came together once again to finalise the prototypes and practice performing music with them.


A final workshop will take place at SARC from 9am – 5pm on Sunday 27th November and will end with a showcase performance in collaboration with musicians from Drake Music NI at 5.30pm.


We hope you enjoy the showcase by this extraordinary group of musicians and their customised interfaces.


For previous projects see:


creative technologies

Artistic Directors: Michael Alcorn (May events) & Franziska Schroeder (November festival)

Technical Director: Craig Jackson


Sonic Arts Research Centre (SARC), Queen’s University Belfast, Belfast BT7 1NN

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