Applications for Proximity Sensors in Music and Sound Performance

Ben Challis, Kate Challis

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A low cost accessible sound and music control system is described (the Benemin). The interface employs an array of infrared distance measuring sensors that can be mapped to either MIDI pitches or MIDI control messages. When mapped to pitch, a user can interact with the system directly as a musical instrument. When mapped to controller messages, the system can be used as a multiparametric sound-controller. The Benemin has been designed to be inclusive such that it is aimed at users with or without specic needs. A model for testing is presented along with an indication of preliminary results.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationComputers Helping People with Special Needs
Subtitle of host publication11th International Conference, ICCHP 2008, Linz, Austria, July 9-11, 2008. Proceedings
EditorsKlaus Miesenberger, Joachim Klaus, Wolfgang Zagler, Arthur Karshmer
ISBN (Electronic)978-3-540-70540-6
ISBN (Print)978-3-540-70539-0
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2008
Event International Conference on Computers Helping People with Special Needs - Location unknown - please update
Duration: 9 Jul 20089 Jul 2008

Publication series

NameLecture Notes in Computer Science
ISSN (Print)0302-9743


Conference International Conference on Computers Helping People with Special Needs


  • music and sound
  • disability accessibility
  • novel musical instruments


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