I’m a PhD researcher with the Augmented Instruments Laboratory at Queen Mary University of London.
My research is focused on designing musical instruments for disabled musicians (accessible instruments), with a focus on musical performance.
I also play bass in Lunacre.
The One-Handed Bass Guitar (Prototype)
The Brief: Make a submission to the One-Handed Musical Instrument (OHMI) Trust‘s annual competition
The Concept: An actuated fretting mechanism attached to a bass guitar neck, with a modular MIDI interface
Materials: Bela platform, linear solenoid actuators, laser cut plywood, a lot of cable ties, screws, nuts bolts, threaded rods
Software: Bela (c++), Pure Data
StroBeat – Beat-Matching Game for Stroke Rehab
The Brief: “Make Something Cool”
The Concept: Inspired by Pedro Kirk’s research at Goldsmiths, the StroBeat box glows and pulses to the beat of a given music track. Tap on the box to match the beat and the RGB LED glows green if you’re keeping time and red if you’re out
Materials: Teensy 3.1 microprocessor, piezo element, RGB LED, reflective and frosted perspex
Software: Arduino, Max7, BTrack~ Max external
The One Button MIDI Controller
The Brief: Recycle an old piece of tech; create a digital media interface
The Concept: An accessible MIDI controller maintaining the form factor of a commonly used Assistive Technology device
Materials: Broken accessibility switch, Teensy 3.1 microprocessor, FSRs, conductive fabric, laser cut plywood
Software: Arduino, Max 7
Harrison, Jacob, and Andrew P. McPherson. “Adapting the Bass Guitar for One-Handed Playing.” Journal of New Music Research (2017): 1-16. http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/09298215.2017.1340485
Harrison, Jacob, and Andrew McPherson. “An Adapted Bass Guitar for One-Handed Playing.” in Proceedings of the international conference on new interfaces for musical expression Copenhagen, Denmark, 2017 http://homes.create.aau.dk/dano/nime17/papers/0102/paper0102.pdf