This research project discussed the possibility that the environment can have an effect on the performance characteristics of a musician.
In this series, I discussed the phenomena with a variety of practitioners in the field of audio production. In 2015 I conducted a series of experiments in order to gather data on whether or not both acoustics and aesthetics play a role in how a musician interacts with their instrument.
This research project involved the creation of a guitar weather station that enabled the user to interact differently with their instrument dependant on current weather conditions.
The Guitar Weather Station is an auto-generative tool that uses local weather conditions to both generate music and change the tonality of an electric guitar signal.
Further research has found that this technology can also be used across a variety of different applications; including a therapeutic tool for Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) and as part of a sensory garden project for students with learning difficulties.
The Synthesizer Divided: The Effect and Prospects of the Keyboard
Dalgleish, M., Prosser, J., Foster, C., Lowe, A. and Bromham, G. (2014). The Synthesizer Divided: The Effect and Prospects of the Keyboard. In: Sines & Squares, NOVARS, University of Manchester, United Kingdom, 25-26 October 2014.
Link to the research paper can be found here
The Laptop Ensemble as Learning Platform
Dalgleish, M., Foster, C., Burn, R., Clarke, L. Dudley, A. and Prosser, J. (2015). The Laptop Ensemble as Learning Platform. In: Rich Exchanges Learning and Teaching Conference, Wolverhampton, United Kingdom, 21 July 2015.