Drake Music’s DMLab successfully ran a four-week challenge bringing together disabled musicians and technologists to develop and build bespoke music technology solutions.
A DMLab Challenge hack event in London resulted in nine innovative, accessible musical instrument projects in September 2016, and Drake Music has run several similar hackathon style events in the past, however this is the first challenge to be held in Manchester.
Participants met in Eagle Lab in February to get started on their concepts and explore the lab’s facilities. Eagle Lab space and support was offered to teams through the challenge as they worked on their projects.
The innovative ideas from the four teams were:
- A saxophone played using switches and compressed air by Matt Daly and Seashell Trust
- Portable and bespoke controllers for sound art and live mixing by Gemma Nash , Lewis Sykes, James Medd, Craig Howlett and Mike Cook
- An air keyboard by Chris Ball and Hannah Shelmerdine
- An electric wheelchair one man band, powered by self-sustaining eco-power sources by Steve Varden & Matt Turley
Take a look behind the scenes and see some of the fantastic projects created during the challenge in this short video by Drake Music:
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