DM Lab supports the development of new accessible musical instruments for Disabled musicians. Drake Music holds meetings every month, led by musician Abigail Ward, at Levi’s Studios at Z-arts, Hulme, Manchester where disabled musicians, music technologists, coders and instrument-makers gather to discuss, develop projects, have a jam, and access the recording studios.
Meetings range from small informal gatherings where work is shared and developed, to larger presentation based events and everything in between. For further information please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
2020 dates: Mon Jan 27 Mon Feb 24 Mon Mar 30 Mon April 27 Mon May 18 Mon June 29 Mon Jul 27 Mon Aug 24 (TBC) Mon Sep 28 (TBC) Mon Oct 26 (TBC) Mon Nov 30 (TBC) Mon Dec 14 (TBC)
Please note: Z-arts dates are cancelled due to Coronavirus.
Over the last few months I’ve been involved in an exciting project for Drake Music that has focused on introducing members of the hacker/maker/coding community to disabled musicians.
Four teams, each made up of both musicians and makers, have been commissioned to design a prototype for a brand new musical instrument that overcomes a specific barrier experienced by disabled musicians.
Both events will be presented by the wonderful Kris Halpin (Winter of ’82), who will be talking about his own journey as a disabled musician-technologist and demonstrating his amazing MiMu motion-tracking gloves (see video!)
Seeing Kris perform live with the gloves is an unmissable experience. Watching him conjure strings out of thin air and kick start a drum sound with a single gesture is – quite simply – magical.
DMLab North West Challenge – Development Launch
Meet our teams and hear about their ideas.