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.

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.

December 2014: The new textbook Audio Effects: Theory, Implementation and Application by Josh Reiss and Andrew McPherson has been published.

September 2014: 3 upcoming presentations: 5 Sept. (4pm) at Ars Electronica; 9 Sept. (7pm) at QMUL for the Audio Engineering Society; 3 Oct. at Cornell University, NY, USA (details to follow)

4 July 2014: Andrew McPherson presenting at the DE-miniTED summer school at the University of London Institute in Paris. Full programme

30 June 2014: Upcoming workshop at NIME 2014: Keyboard Salon: Connecting Instrument Designers and Artistic Practitioners

12-13 June 2014: We're running an instrument hacking workshop at the Sónar Festival; registration is now open!

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

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