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.
4 March 2014: Article on the lab's instruments on New Scientist: Dream Job: Digital Instrument Creator
4 July 2013: The TouchKeys multi-touch keyboard is coming soon to Kickstarter! Watch this page for updates.
30 May 2013: "Portable Measurement and Mapping of Continuous Piano Gesture" (Andrew McPherson) wins NIME 2013 best paper award.
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.