Workshop: Collaborative Approaches to Developing Accessible Music Technology

How can new developments in music technology and maker culture bring about equal access to music?  London-based music technologist Charles Matthews will share practice through a range of examples created with Drake Music, with a focus on inclusive approaches and collaboration between disabled and non-disabled musicians, coders, and makers. This will be an opportunity to discuss application of the social model of disability and activism through new instruments, challenging established narratives, and try your hand at making new instruments yourself.

Biography of the Workshop Facilitator and Special Guest
Charles Matthews developed an interest in alternative instruments as an electronic musician, having decided early in life that joysticks were far more fun than pianos. Having learned to code during PhD research on electronic gamelan music, for the past few years he has worked with Drake Music on music facilitation and collaborative instrument development, with an aim to break down disabling barriers.

Recent projects include software development for the Kellycaster (an accessible guitar designed by John Kelly), sensor-based instruments embedded in outdoor sound installations, and interactive R&D projects in schools.  He has presented sound and light installations exploring accessibility and multi-sensory experience through the Hackoustic collective, and he currently teaches Arduino and experimental sound courses at the City Literary Institute in London.

When: Friday, April 6th, 2018, 5pm-8pm
Where: Concordia University, SGW campus, EV 11.655

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