PhD Research : The Mixed Reality Laboratory

Gesture Controlled Sound for Users with Complex Disabilities

About the Research

This PhD research looks into the accessibility of digital musical instruments (DMIs) for users with complex disabilities, in the setting of facilitated performance.

The focus of the research is on Human Computer Interaction (HCI) with music technologies and understanding the needs of users with a range of abilities. The project observes the social landscape that is 'facilitated performance', and the interactions that take place within it. A key aim of the research is to provide design recommendations for DMIs, that will enable a stronger sense of creative identity for those with accessibility requirements.

This research is grounded in real world projects and considers the many stakeholders involved in performance with digital instruments. It benefits from the support of community groups and consultation with music industry partners.