Instruments for everyone: Designing new means of musical expression for disabled creators

Rolf Gehlhaar, Paulo Maria Rodrigues, Luis Miguel Girão, Rui Penha

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The purpose of this project was the development of tools that facilitate the musical expression of a well-defined group of physically and mentally challenged people. Knowing those people and becoming familiar with their capabilities, tastes and ambitions was the departing point for the design of solutions. Once developed, they remained in their institutions, to become a part of their lives, contributing to the range of occupational activities they can be involved with. The composition of a piece of music that uses those resources and its performance by these people in the main concert hall of Casa da Música in April 2010 was more than a proof of concept, it was a truly engaging, motivating experience and, indeed, a proper artistic challenge.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationTechnologies of Inclusive Well-Being: Serious Games, Alternative Realities, and Play Therapy
PublisherSpringer Verlag
Number of pages30
ISBN (Print)9783642454318
Publication statusPublished - 2014

Publication series

NameStudies in Computational Intelligence
ISSN (Print)1860949X


  • Assistive technology
  • Bespoke musical instruments
  • Computer-aided performance
  • Disability
  • Modern performance practice


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