An infrared sound and music controller for users with specific needs

Ben Challis

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The design and rationale behind a novel music and sound controller is described. Using an array of eight low-cost infrared distance measuring sensors, the system enables users to trigger and manipulate sounds using MIDI messages. Although the controller can facilitate complex musical interaction, providing eight note polyphony and expressive control, the central theme of the project has been one of accessibility. The controller is designed to be used in a variety of settings by users with special needs and has been designed to be both intuitive to play and easy to set up. An ongoing programme of user-testing is described and discussed alongside design modifications and future directions within the project.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)43 - 47
Number of pages4
JournalInternational Journal on Disability and Human Development
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2011


  • novel musical instruments
  • design for all
  • disability and accessibility
  • new technology


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