Sound Control is an action research project that NMPAT (Northamptonshire Music and Performing Arts Trust) is running in partnership with the Computing Department at Goldsmiths University of London. The goal of the project is to collaborate with children and young people with special needs and disabilities in designing, developing and building bespoke digital musical instruments personalised for their unique needs.
Rebeecca Fiebrink and Sam Parke-Wolfe from Goldsmiths have been working with members of our Musical Inclusion Team and SEN/D children in Northamptonshire and Rutland.
The result is innvoative software that can be used by anyone to create new musical instruments using their choice of movements, sensed with a variety of off-the-shelf sensing devices (including webcam, Leap Motion, Microbit, GameTrak).
These instruments can be used to play and manipulate musical material, which can be either new material recorded by users or taken from third-party sample libraries.
Rebecca and Sam are currently looking for users to test a beta version of the software and provide them with feedback about their experience.
You can download the software HERE.
You can email the Rebecca and Sam HERE.
And you can find out more about the project HERE.
Sound Control is a subproject within our current Youth Music Fund B programme, "Music Forge" and is also supported via a grant from The Paul Hamlyn Foundation.