This project was centred around created novel electro-mechanical musical instruments, specifically for young people who have complex physical, sensory or cognitive impairment. This was the main physical outcome of the PhD research and was developed through a longitudinal, embedded process within one special educational needs school in the south west of England.
moosikMasheens consists of three adapted musical instruments, iPad interfaces to play them and a piece of software that can be used to create custom compositions and play back projected images and video. The system communicates via WiFi thus facilitating easy movement and placement of instruments and interfaces. It was specifically designed for a group music workshop with young people with mixed abilities. The central focus was to try and enable young people to play acoustic musical instruments whose needs perhaps prohibited them doing so by conventional means.
A collaboration with artist Di Mainstone, the Whimsichord was a major research project that culminated in a performance at the Barbican in 2012.
Modules that could attach to the body were connected to wall-mounted landing pads via a retractable string. This meant that a performing "movician" could interact and create sound by attaching the module to themselves and moving around. When the string moved back and forth, sound was created.
Each module had its own character which was signified through the sounds it made. These characters were developed through workshops with the movicians.
- Creative development
- Hardware creation, testing and firmware programming