We had a fantastic week at NIME this year, having been invited to do a keynote presentation and performance.
The International Conference on New Interfaces for Musical Expression gathers researchers and musicians from all over the world to share their knowledge and late-breaking work on new musical interface design. This year’s theme was Accessibility.
So, we took the opportunity to publicly present our new Accessible Musical Instrument Collection (AMIC) for the first time, as well as to put forward some challenges to the NIME community around future instrument and tech development.
Jo Cox, Steve Varden and John Kelly then did a storming gig, with John performing the only live set at the entire conference!
The NIME Accessibility Award
We were also invited to present the NIME Accessibility award, which was a great honour.
We very much enjoyed the judging process, and it was wonderful to see so many great projects addressing Disability at the conference.
The award was judged by a panel of Disabled and non-Disabled Drake Music team members, including some of our Artists in Residence.
Our criteria for selection were based around the underlying principles that we work with at Drake Music, which place Disabled people at the heart of project development following the idea “Nothing About Us Without Us”.
In particular, the following elements were very important in our assessment of projects, whether addressed implicitly or explicitly:
- The Social Model of Disability
- Co-design methodology
- Disabled-led work
In the end there was a unanimous decision to award the prize to… (drumroll please)….
Mondgewächse: A Collaborative Methodology For Audiovisual Mappings in Inclusive Instrument Design
- Patricia Alessandrini >Stanford CCRMA
- Sophia Alexandersson >ShareMusic & performing Arts, Sweden
- Freida Abtan – Goldsmiths, London
- Pete Larson of Influence Ensemble
The Award Citation Reads: