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 was successfully funded on Kickstarter!

12-15 July 2016: Two new papers presented at the NIME 2016 conference in Brisbane, Australia.

11 July 2016: Workshop on sharing and archiving digital musical instrument designs at NIME 2016, Brisbane, Australia.

29-30 June 2016: 2-day Magnetic resonator piano workshop for composers and pianists at the Live Interfaces 2016 conference at the University of Sussex. more info

24 June 2016: Magnetic resonator piano concert "With/Without" at Schott Music, London, with performances by Elaine Chew.

16-18 June 2016: TouchKeys, Bela and the augmented violin will be featured at Sonar+D in Barcelona. more info

10 June 2016: Bela workshop at Makerversity, Somerset House, London, 10am-1pm. more info

16 May 2016: Bela workshop at the London Music Hackspace.

1 April 2016: The Bela Kickstarter campaign successfully finished, raising over 1000% of its goal!

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.

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