RESEARCH & DEVELOPMENT

Our aim is to design and make products that are inclusive and accessible to everyone.

In trying to achieve this we are currently undertaking a huge amount of research to find out what people currently like or dislike about audio technology; what they find difficult to use; what controls or features they would like to see added…

If you would like to contribute your thoughts to this, please get in touch!

So far the following people have provided us with some great insights:

Baluji Shrivastav OBE
Baluji is an Indian/British musician and instrumentalist who plays a variety of traditional Indian instruments including the sitar. In 2008, Baluji established the Baluji Music Foundation; a London-based charity which, as stated on their website, aims to promote “the understanding and enjoyment of music and performing arts from the Indian Sub-Continent in all its traditional and evolving forms”. The Charity particularly welcomes the participation of disabled people in music, and has thus founded the Inner Vision Orchestra of blind and visually impaired musicians. Baluji is also a member of the British ParaOrchestra.

Under The Stars
Under The Stars is a Sheffield social enterprise run by and for people with a learning disability and their friends. They run music workshops where people with learning disabilities can learn rock band instruments, write lyrics and songs, DJ & perform in a band. Their activities increase confidence, reduce social exclusion and build bridges with the local community.

Music Unlimited
Greater Manchester-based Music Unlimited conceive, pioneer, develop and spotlight inclusive pathways into music making. They do this by
running performance projects to promote inclusive performance practice and share understanding; fuelling musical aspiration in special education through services and products; delivering professional development packages for teaching assistants, class teachers and subject/instrument specialists.

OpenUp Music
OpenUp Music empowers young disabled musicians to build inclusive youth orchestras. They develop accessible musical instruments and repertoire, challenge expectations and forge new progression routes through the creation of great music.