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Octonic: an accessible electronic musical instrument

Challis, B ORCID logoORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-0200-8087 (2011) Octonic: an accessible electronic musical instrument. Digital Creativity, 22 (1). pp. 1-12. ISSN 1462-6268

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Abstract

The rationale behind the design and development of an accessible stand-alone musical instrument is described. Intended for use in improvised music within a community music setting, the Octonic is a non-contact diatonic electronic musical instrument. Building upon established touch-free approaches to musical interaction, the instrument offers polyphony and expressivity and is designed to be free-standing, intuitive, simple in operation and affordable. The functionality of a current working prototype is presented along with observations based on testing across different user groups. © 2011 Taylor & Francis.

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