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Drake Music to showcase new musical technology for disabled musicians

Laura  Barnes
Drake Music to showcase new musical technology for disabled musicians

Drake Music will be hosting a showcase demonstrating the results of its Innovation Challenge, where four teams of disabled musicians and technologists have been given the change to build their dream piece of musical gear.

Drake Music is a leader in music disability and technology. As well as working in music education and to develop musical artists, the firm also pushes to innovate music technology to create new, interesting and accessible instruments.

Four music/tech partnerships have been formed and mentored by one of Drake Music’s experienced associate musicians. Four disabled musicians have had the chance to explore bespoke technology to further develop their music. Four technologists have had the opportunity to work on a challenging live brief with a creative collaborator.

They've had four weeks and a budget of £700 to put their ideas into practice and to create a working prototype, which they will then demo live in front of an audience for the very first time.
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“We've asked them to think outside the box, to dream up a piece of kit which will enable them to develop as a musician/sound artist and then to collaborate to make that dream a reality,” said Drake Music.

“This is all about celebrating creativity, innovation in new instruments and putting access at the cutting edge of new tech developments.”

The event will be hosted by Kris Halpin, a disabled musician who works closely with Drake Music’s programme to test out and develop the magical musical MiMu Gloves kit as an accessible instrument, which he will be demonstrating at the show.

The Drake Music Showcase will take place on May 27th at the International Anthony Burgess Foundation in Manchester.

Find out more information and book your place at the free event here.

Tags: disabled musicians , Drake Music , Mimu Gloves , musical technology

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