Jacob T F Harrison 

Projects / Publications & Media Links

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

Get in touch at @Jcb_H




Concept: A guitar-based instrument which preserves strumming hand technique while making chord/note selection more accessible.


The One-Handed Bass Guitar (Prototype)


(demo video / bela blog post)

Brief: Make a submission to the One-Handed Musical Instrument (OHMI) Trust‘s annual competition

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


Brief: “Make Something Cool”

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


Brief: Recycle an old piece of tech; create a digital media interface

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

Publications / Media

BBC Teach: One Handed Bass | Computer Science: Problem Solved


Harrison, Jacob, Robert H. Jack, Fabio Morreale, and Andrew McPherson. “When is a Guitar not a Guitar? Cultural Form, Input Modality and Expertise.” In Proc. NIME. 2018. https://www.researchgate.net/publication/325581239

Jack, Robert H., Jacob Harrison, Fabio Morreale, and Andrew McPherson. “Democratising DMIs: the relationship of expertise and control intimacy.” NIME, 2018. https://www.researchgate.net/publication/324390561

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