Augmented Instruments Laboratory

The Augmented Instruments Laboratory is a research sub-group within the Centre for Digital Music (C4DM) at Queen Mary University of London, which focuses on developing new instruments and interfaces for creative musical expression. The lab, founded in 2011, is led by Dr Andrew McPherson, Senior Lecturer in Digital Media in the QMUL School of Electronic Engineering and Computer Science.

An augmented instrument is a traditional musical instrument whose capabilities have been electronically extended through new sensors, new types of sound production or new modes of interaction. Several projects in the lab concentrate on extending the capabilities of familiar instruments, building on the expertise of trained performers. Lab research also includes novel sound and music interfaces and analysis of creative musical performance. See the research and publications pages for more details.

The Bela ultra-low-latency audio platform is live on Kickstarter!

29 February 2016: The Bela low-latency audio platform is launching on Kickstarter! More details.

6 February 2016: Accessible Music Hackathon with Drake Music featuring the Bela audio platform.

5 December 2015: Free workshop: building high performance interactive audio systems with Bela (formerly BeagleRT). Register here.

16 November 2015: D-Box workshop at JW3 as part of the Being Human Festival (organised by Oded Ben-Tal, Kingston University)

4 November 2015: New instruments concert at C4DM, organised by Instruments Lab member Astrid Bin.

8 September 2015: Congratulations to Duncan Menzies on passing his PhD viva! Here's his thesis.

18-19 July 2015: BeagleRT featured at the Audio Music Hackathon at QMUL.

31 May 2015: BeagleRT embedded audio workshop and 2 papers at NIME 2015

9-10 May 2015: Presenting two papers, including the BeagleRT real-time audio framework, at the AES 138th Convention in Warsaw.

May 2015: A second TouchKeys production run is underway! More kits and instruments shipping soon.

17-19 April 2015: Premiere of new music for magnetic resonator piano in three performances by People Inside Electronics, Los Angeles.

26 March 2015: MRP talk and performance at MIPTL, University of Sussex. more info

22 March 2015: New pieces for MRP to premiere at Royal Northern College of Music, Manchester.

19-20 February 2015: The D-Box will be featured at the Guthman Musical Instrument Competition at Georgia Tech.

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