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Immersive and Inclusive Music Technologies
AHRC Research Project — School of Arts, English and Languages, and the School of Electronics, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, Queen’s University Belfast

Principal Investigator: Dr Franziska Schroeder
Co-Investigator: Dr Karen Rafferty
Post-Doctoral Research Fellow: Dr Matilde Meireles

The Immersion and Inclusive Music Technologies  project brought together an interdisciplinary team from Queen’s University Belfast, Drake Music Northern Ireland, Hard Rain Soloist Ensemble (HRSE), and immersive content designers BeAnotherLab. The project was led by Dr Franziska Schroeder (PI) with Dr Karen Rafferty (CI), and Dr Matilde Meireles (PDRF).

Throughout the project we addressed challenges of the next generation of immersive experiences in music performance and disability. Our aim was to better understand and share experiences of young musicians affected by a physical disability.

The project brought together researchers with digital performance and immersive technology background, supported by three industry/community partners to research and promote empathy using interdisciplinary human-centred methodologies:

. Drake Music NI, the only charity in Northern Ireland that works with disabled musicians to independently perform and compose their own music;

. Hard Rain Soloist Ensemble, Northern Ireland’s first professional contemporary music ensemble with an ethos of inclusion at heart;

. BeAnotherLab, a young company with five years’ experience in 20 countries developing an award-winning embodied VR toolset The machine to be another. BeAnotherLab has been at the forefront of using immersive technologies to facilitate the notion of being in someone else’s place or indeed, embodying the other.

Launch Project