Octonic: An accessible musical instrument

Ben Challis

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The rationale behind the design and development of an accessible stand-alone musical instrument is described. Intended for use in improvised music within a community music setting, the Octonic is a non-contact diatonic electronic musical instrument. Building upon established touch-free approaches to musical interaction, the instrument offers polyphony and expressivity and is designed to be free-standing, intuitive, simple in operation and affordable. The functionality of a current working prototype is presented along with observations based on testing across different user groups.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1 - 12
Number of pages11
JournalDigital Creativity
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 1 Mar 2011


  • accessibility
  • music
  • interactivity
  • improvisation
  • infrared


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