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      MAMI: A Modular Accessible Musical Instrument



      Proceedings of the 30th International BCS Human Computer Interaction Conference (HCI)


      11 - 15 July 2016

      Music Technology, Tangible Interfaces, Assistive Technology, Children, Software, Hardware, HCI



            Exploring music actively can be restricted for someone with cognitive, physical, or sensory impairments. They may face barriers to participation and diminished experiences between their musical expression and the music making means available to them. Technology can be used to bridge these gaps and focus on a person’s capability to create personal instruments that allow for active music making and exploration of sound. This doctoral research aims to look at the use of music technology within the school setting and the needs of the users and those around them. Drawing on this and following an Action Research methodology, a tool will be developed following a participatory design process that utilises both hardware and software, in a modular fashion, to provide a flexible and adaptable system to facilitate music making and sound exploration. The desired outcome will be a toolbox that allows users to put together instruments that suit the needs of those playing them allowing access to musical expression.


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            July 2016
            July 2016
            : 1-7
            [0001]Bournemouth University

            Fern Barrow, Talbot Campus Poole, Dorset, BH12 5BB
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            Proceedings of the 30th International BCS Human Computer Interaction Conference
            Bournemouth University, Poole, UK
            11 - 15 July 2016
            Electronic Workshops in Computing (eWiC)
            Product Information: 1477-9358BCS Learning & Development
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            Electronic Workshops in Computing


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