Research Questions

Performance Without Barriers

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

Dr Franziska Schroeder (Sonic Arts Research Centre, School of Arts, English and Languages) and Dr Michelle McCormack (CEO Drake Music NI) 

Our Research Questions

A project dedicated to inclusive music making and accessible design with digital musical instruments (DMIs), used by disabled musicians. 
Using insights from sonic arts, improvisation research, as well as from critical disability studies this project aims to discover innovative modes of inclusive musical interactions for disabled musicians.

Three questions are at the heart of our thinking:

(1) Music technology as barrier and as facilitator 

To what extent can the design of music technologies enhance and facilitate participation in music making and in what ways do practices with music technology produce opportunities for inclusion or exclusion for disabled people?

(2) Understandings of disability 

To what extent can more inclusive approaches to music making empower disabled people to participate more fully in music making and technology; thus challenging exclusionary practices and the marginalisation of disabled people in music making?

(3) Challenging traditional musical ontology 

In what ways can practices of design, making and use of accessible digital musical instruments challenge traditional ontologies of music? To what extent, if at all, is improvisation with accessible music technology an enabling and inclusive form of music making for disabled people?


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Dr Franziska Schroeder

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