Bespoke, Accessible Music Technology: Ideas for Creating Long-Lasting Technology

Drake Music Lab Meetup, Graeae Theatre, London, England

I explain how assistive technology frameworks such as the HAAT model can be applied to the design and fabrication of bespoke, accessible music technologies. I speak of the importance of communities in achieving the sustained use of such technologies.


Performance Without Barriers: Bespoke, Accessible Music Technology: A Case for Community.

19 – 20/11/19
Tabula Musica Professional Music Making with Disability: The Possibilities and State of The Art. Bern, Switzerland.

There appears to be a strong need for a community of practice to form around the development and use of bespoke, accessible music technologies. During this presentation, I explain why this community is required and invite audience members to collaborate with us.


Bespoke Design for Inclusive Music: The Challenges of Evaluation.

03 – 06/06/19
NIME: The International Conference on New Interfaces for Musical Expression. Porto Alegre, Brazil.

I discuss the challenges faced in evaluating bespoke technological solutions intended to provide a single individual with access to music. Is it possible to collect quantitative data in such a situation?


Performance Without Barriers: Bespoke Design for Inclusive Music.

21 – 22/03/19
Soundform – Instruments for All. Hamburg, Germany.

I provide an overview of my research to date, exploring the challenges faced in developing a bespoke digital guitar for a disabled musician from Drake Music Northern Ireland.


Accessible Making: Levelling Differences by Designing and Building Musical Instruments in Mixed Ability Groups.

07 – 08/09/18
The OHMI Conference and Awards: Music & Physical Disability: From Instrument to Performance. Birmingham, England.

Together with Drake Music Northern Ireland, I discuss the common abandonment of assistive technologies and new digital musical instruments in general. Factors contributing to the short life-span of these two types of technology are likely to be compounded for bespoke, accessible music technology. I further explore the idea of inclusive making, providing an example of a cheap, lo-fi sampler that could be built in a workshop environment.


Tinquiry & Critical Making: New Instruments & New Music

Imagining Futures: Cross-Dialogues Between Music and Art Creators, Industry and Academia on Experimental Practices. Black Box, Belfast, Northern Ireland.

As part of a panel discussion, I provide examples of inclusive making. Research suggests that if disabled people are able to create their own assistive technologies, these technologies may exhibit a longer life-span. I ask the question, could such an approach be followed in the development of bespoke, accessible music technologies?


Performance Without Barriers: Supporting the Sustained Use of Bespoke, Accessible Music Technology.

Sonic Arts Research Centre, Queens University Belfast, Northern Ireland.

I provide an overview of my PhD research proposal which aims to identify strategies to increase the life-span of enabling tools, used by disabled artists for music composition and performance in Northern Ireland.