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BioMusical Instrument

Objective

The BioMusical Instrument project will create a product prototype of a wearable digital musical instrument based on biosignals from the performer’s muscles. It will allow musicians to perform electronic sounds from bodily gestures. Muscle tension will be sensed by innovative new electromyogram sensing hardware packaged in an ergonomic housing and coupled to wireless communication. Sophisticated machine learning methods developed in the ERC MetaGesture Music and H2020 Rapid-Mix projects will track musician gesture and create meaningful relationships with computer-based synthesized sound. The BioMusical Instrument will be marketed to three distinct application areas: First, it will enable “hands-free” performance of electronic music. Second, the visualization of body states will make it a useful training tool in traditional musical instrument pedagogy. Finally, the sonification of physiological signals will allow the instrument to be used in the health sector in physical rehabilitation exercises. The BioMusical Instrument will be the first product to combine EMG sensing, machine learning, and advanced audio signal processing. We have identified partners in the biomedical hardware field, the music technology industry, and rehabilitation research with whom we will benchmark and evaluate the product prototype.

Field of science

  • /medical and health sciences/clinical medicine/physiotherapy
  • /humanities/languages and literature/linguistics/phonetics
  • /natural sciences/computer and information sciences/artificial intelligence/machine learning

Call for proposal

ERC-2017-PoC
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Funding Scheme

ERC-POC - Proof of Concept Grant

Host institution

GOLDSMITHS' COLLEGE
Address
Lewisham Way
SE14 6NW London
United Kingdom
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
EU contribution
€ 149 901

Beneficiaries (1)

GOLDSMITHS' COLLEGE
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 149 901
Address
Lewisham Way
SE14 6NW London
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments