Enabling Communities of Practice Surrounding the Design and Use of Bespoke Accessible Music Technology

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As part of the co-edited special journal with selected NIME 2020 papers, this contribution is a text based on the experience garnered through a longitudinal ethnographic study. The authors reflect on the practice of designing and fabricating bespoke, accessible music technologies. Of particular focus are the social, technical and environmental factors at play which make the provision of such technology a reality. The authors make suggestions for ways to achieve long-term, sustained use. Seemingly those involved in its design, fabrication and use could benet from a concerted effort to share resources, knowledge and skill as a mobilised community of practitioners. In such a pursuit, the authors recommend that practitioners consider strategies for managing the inherent complexity of digital technology. Doing so may result in improved efficiency in the development of accessible music technology..
Original languageEnglish
Number of pages35
JournalComputer Music Journal
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 15 May 2021
EventNew Interfaces for Musical Expression - Online, Birmingham, United Kingdom
Duration: 21 Jul 202025 Jul 2020
Conference number: 20

Bibliographical note

In: NIME 2020 Special Issue


  • accessibility
  • inclusion
  • new interfaces
  • musical expression
  • Disability


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