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, 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 expressive performance. See the research page for more details.

25 April 2014: Andrew McPherson presenting at MoogFest as part of an MIT Media Lab panel

15-21 April 2014: These New Puritans will use the MRP in an installation at 180 The Strand and a concert at the Barbican.

4 March 2014: Article on the lab's instruments on New Scientist: Dream Job: Digital Instrument Creator

5 February 2014: The Hackable Instruments project by group members Victor Zappi and Andrew McPherson is featured on BBC World Service and the EPSRC website

29 July 2013: We've launched a Kickstarter campaign on the TouchKeys multi-touch keyboard! Help us produce these instruments and get your own set!

11 July 2013: The TouchKeys multi-touch keyboard is featured in New Scientist. Also see the latest project papers, now posted: Computer Music Journal 36(4) (2012); CHI 2013.

4 July 2013: The TouchKeys multi-touch keyboard is coming soon to Kickstarter! Watch this page for updates.

31 May 2013: Press for the magnetic resonator piano on the new These New Puritans album: Guardian | Pitchfork

30 May 2013: "Portable Measurement and Mapping of Continuous Piano Gesture" (Andrew McPherson) wins NIME 2013 best paper award.

26 April 2013: The magnetic resonator piano is featured on the new album "Field of Reeds" by These New Puritans, out soon on Infectious Music

23 April 2013: The MRP is featured at a workshop with the London Chamber Orchestra. 5 new pieces to be premiered by LCO 17 May 2013 (details)

15 April 2013: The TouchKeys multi-touch keyboard will be featured in a paper and demo at CHI 2013 in Paris.

15 March 2013: Andrew McPherson wins the 2013 QM Postgraduate Teaching Award (link)

7 March 2013: New grant awarded: Hackable Instruments (EPSRC First Grant, PI McPherson). Project begins September 2013.