Last week, musicians from Able Orchestra - performing as the Control One Ensemble - took part in AbilityNet's TechSharePro 2019 event, hosted by Google.
The Ensemble demonstrated the groundbreaking new technology, Control One, which transforms a wheelchair mobility controller into a musical instrument. This technology was developed by Si Tew of Digit Music, through his work with our Able Orchestra project in collaboration with Inspire Youth Arts, in response to the need for more flexible and sophisticated digital instruments for disabled musicians. The innovative MIDI controller is based on the joystick of an electric wheelchair and allows physically disabled people to create music without having to learn an entirely new physical skill. It won the Accessibility Award in the 2019 Tech4Good Awards. Find out more on the Digit Music website.
"Thank you [Orchestras Live] for pointing me towards the Tech4Good Awards. I have had some interesting conversations about taking this technology forward. Winning is proving to be a real game changer for Digit Music."Si Tew, Digit Music and creator of Control One
Find out more about how this technology works by watching the recordings below:
- Watch the session including the demonstration here.
- Watch the session starting at the performance here.