We are surrounded by music. Creating music has been a defining hallmark in what it means to be a human being. Music is one of our outlets for our emotions and explores the human condition. Yet many instruments require the user to be able bodied in order to perform them. Traditional instruments often require good sight and two working arms. Digital instruments should give us an advantage, but do they? How has technology changed the ways music is made by the disabled?
Has the electronic music industry blocked out disabled creators without knowing it? Could we have had a Ray Charles, Stevie Wonder, or Jose Feliciano with the instruments of today? Presenter Nat Tarnoff conducted a study of musicians to see how and if they have learned to use synthesizers, drum machines, DAWs, and midi controllers to make music. Which ones work the best and why?
This talk will discuss this survey in detail and hopefully start a conversation that can make music making better for everyone. Additionally, we will explore some of the programs out there, like the OHMI Trust, that is working to make traditional instruments available to those with disabilities.
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