News & Events

This page contains the latest updates and events from the Augmented Instruments Laboratory. Also see our latest publications and press articles and outreach activities.

2016 and Upcoming Events

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.

18-19 July 2015: BeagleRT featured at the Audio Music Hackathon at QMUL.

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.

3 October 2014 Presentation of the magnetic resonator piano and performance of Secrets of Antikythera by Ryan MacEvoy McCullough. Cornell University, Ithaca, NY, USA.

9 September 2014, 7pm: Presentation at QMUL hosted by the UK Audio Engineering Society. Details

5 September 2014, 4pm: Andrew McPherson presenting at the Ars Electronica festival (Linz) in collaboration with the One-Handed Musical Instrument Trust

4 July 2014, 4:30pm: Andrew McPherson is presenting at the DE-miniTED summer school on the digital economy, technology and entrepreneurship, taking place at the University of London Institute in Paris (funded by EPSRC). Full programme

30 June 2014, 2-5pm: We are running a workshop on keyboard-related instruments at NIME 2014. Submissions have now closed but there may be space to attend as a listener. Full details here:

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

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


12 October 2013: Magnetic Resonator Piano used in performance of Layers Deep Below by Andrew McPherson at EarZoom Festival, Ljubljana, Slovenia

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.

In the Press

The following print and online articles have featured work from the Augmented Instruments Laboratory. The following are organised roughly by project.

General Lab Articles


Hackable Instruments

Magnetic Resonator Piano


In September 2013 we ran a Kickstarter campaign to launch the TouchKeys multi-touch keyboard. The campaign is now successfully finished, but the project continues, with a second production run in 2015; visit the TouchKeys page for more info.

Bela Kickstarter

In April 2016 we launched the Bela ultra-low-latency audio and sensor platform on Kickstarter. The campaign raised over 1000% of its original goal from 530 backers. Bela is fully open source hardware and software. Visit for up-to-date ordering information and design materials.