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.
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11 July 2016: Workshop on sharing and archiving digital musical instrument designs at NIME 2016, Brisbane, Australia.
16 May 2016: Bela workshop at the London Music Hackspace.
4 November 2015: New instruments concert at C4DM, organised by Instruments Lab member Astrid Bin.