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Research & Development news from Drake Music

24. February 2015 - 15:27

Today I spoke to Gawain Hewitt who is National Programme Manager for Research and Development at Drake Music. This is the first in a series of blog posts where we will explore Drake Music’s R&D work, what is involved with it and all the exciting news and developments we have to share.

Gawain works closely with a community of developers, hackers, coders, makers and some musicians to support and stimulate the development of new accessible music technology.

Sowing seeds and nurturing connections at Drake Music

23. February 2015 - 12:14
Drake Music team meeting at their head office in London.

After two and a half years my contracted work with Drake Music, providing social media support, has come to an end. To reflect on my time, and work, for the organisation I agreed with Drake Music CEO Carien Meijer to write a piece looking at what we had achieved.

Luckily, I have been narrating my work so you can see all of my approach through my blog posts. They are all listed here.

Mi.Mu Musical Gloves

28. January 2015 - 12:03

 Imogen Heap and group of people posing for camera with Mi Mu Gloves

Our Research and Development team have been working on an exciting project with musician Kris Halpin in recent months.

'On the Go' with Matthew Halsall & Drake Music - a work-in-progress sharing

20. January 2015 - 14:25


STUN theatre space at Z-arts 

335 Stretford Road 
M15 5ZA 

Monday, 23 February 2015 from 19:00 to 20:30 (GMT)

Exchanging Notes: A New Model of Peripatetic Music Lessons

6. January 2015 - 20:50
Exchanging Notes: A New Model of Peripatetic Music Lessons

Exchanging Notes is a Youth Music funded, 4 year project between Drake Music, Ealing Music Partnership and Belvue School, working with young people with SEND at KS3/4 with moderate or severe learning difficulties, and particularly those facing disabling barriers

Exchanging Notes: Balancing Formal and Non-formal Outcomes, Delivery and Assessment

4. January 2015 - 17:42
A Venn Diagram of three animal musicians and their overlapping attributes.

 “ Conflict, difference of opinion, is the very essence of music: in the balance, in the dynamic, in the way that the music is written... Music teaches us our capacity to bring all the different elements together in a sense of proportion so that they lead to a sense of a whole, and this is what I feel in my own subjective way is one of the main lessons that I have learned from music” - Daniel Barenboim

WANTED: disabled DJs / musicians / producers for free accessible music course in Manchester

10. December 2014 - 16:16

Drake Music is inviting disabled DJs/producers/musicians aged 18+ from across the North West to apply to be part of a free week-long accessible DJ/production course led by MOBO Award nominated jazz composer and DJ, Matthew Halsall

Matt and members of his band will team up with Drake Music to deliver an exciting course exploring sampling, arranging, producing and performing using Assistive Music Technology.

inGrid in London

6. December 2014 - 10:27
Dr Brendan McCloskey (University of Ulster's School of creative Arts and Technology) introduces new accessible instrument inGrid

Dr Brendan McCloskey (University of Ulster's School of creative Arts and Technology) visited the Drake Music offices in London on December 5th to introduce his prototype accessible instrument 'inGrid'. The video below is of an informal group jamming session featuring inGrid, iPad app Thumbjam, acoustic guitar and electric bass. 



EyeGaze composing with E-Scape

1. December 2014 - 15:16
Screen-shot of Bram using E-Scape software

This is the second of two blog posts on my work with BBC Performing Arts Fund fellow Bram Harrison a.k.a DJ Eyetech. Bram describes himself as living with ‘locked in syndrome’ and we’ve been working together to enable him to make music on his EyeGaze computer.

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