Sound Control: Supporting Custom Musical Interface Design for Children with Disabilities

Parke-Wolfe, Samuel Thompson; Scurto, Hugo and Fiebrink, Rebecca. 2019. 'Sound Control: Supporting Custom Musical Interface Design for Children with Disabilities'. In: International Conference on New Interfaces for Musical Expression (NIME). Porto Alegre, Brazil 3-6 June 2019. [Conference or Workshop Item]

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Abstract or Description

We have built a new software toolkit that enables mu- sic therapists and teachers to create custom digital musical interfaces for children with diverse disabilities. It was designed in collaboration with music therapists, teachers, and children. It uses interactive ma- chine learning to create new sensor- and vision-based musical interfaces using demonstrations of actions and sound, making interface building fast and accessible to people without programming or engineering expertise. Interviews with two music therapy and education professionals who have used the software extensively illustrate how richly customised, sensor-based inter- faces can be used in music therapy contexts; they also reveal how properties of input devices, music-making approaches, and mapping techniques can support a variety of interaction styles and therapy goals.

Item Type:

Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)


instrument design, accessibility, interactive machine learning

Departments, Centres and Research Units:

Computing > Embodied AudioVisual Interaction Group (EAVI)


20 March 2019Accepted
6 June 2019Published

Event Location:

Porto Alegre, Brazil

Date range:

3-6 June 2019

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Date Deposited:

10 Apr 2019 15:59

Last Modified:

10 Jun 2021 20:31


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