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The Accessible Music Project (AMPs)

Using Open Source technology to make playing music accessible.

Using inexpensive microcontrolers (Arduino's and variants) or simple SFX boards, three flavours of music machines can be created

Challengers that show a different way of creating a musical instrument e.g. a Table Flute. See Projects for variety.

Table Flute

Tutor Supporting students: A base station with a variety of actuators gives flexibilty

Base Station Front Base Station Rear Actuators

Pupils and students like to try for themselves e.g. with a tooth activated MIDI drum kit.

Mini MIDI Drum

Mini MIDI Drum Kit This uses a sky divers (camera) tooth swithch to activate a (MIDI) kick drum. The big button yellow button is to experiment with the kick drum by hand. The smaller buttons can be programmed for other percussion such high tom, snare, crash symbol etc. The tooth switch plugs into the jack socket. There are also line and MIDI outputs.

Accessibility: The dexterity required for keyboards and strings can be side stepped with the use of arcade games, alarm systems and smart phone devices supported by open source (free) technology.

Ease of use for the therapist and pupils: The aim is to support music therapist, their students or services users and support carer involvement i.e. to engage in music at any time for fun or therapy. That is not just an hour a week at a day centre ,but every day with carer support.

Objectivity/Outcomes: The AMP's devices can deliver data logging to support research and funding applications with demonstrable outcomes.

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