Touching Sound

A woman's finger touching a screen

The Touching Sound project seeks to develop digital solutions to enhance mediated interaction with others.

In its initial stage, the project developed new musical instruments for use in music therapy - allowing a therapist to engage on a heightened level with a patient, such as an autistic child.

The digital instrument, known as a Generic Interface for Socio-Musical Orientation (GISMO) allows new therapeutic opportunities, which are not provided by conventional instruments. Furthermore, the recording of user data and the opportunity for remote therapy sessions bring major benefits.

The aim is to use workshops to inform and discuss these fundamental ideas, as well as related theories and innovative applications in music instrumentation, gestural and movement interaction, multisensory engagement and entrainment and synchronisation, rhythm and prosody, emotion and responsivity. The workshop's results contributed to a conclusive framework for the funding bid to the NIHR Research for Innovation, Speculation and Creativity (RISC) programme.

GISMO: Generic Interfaces for Socio-Musical Orientation pilot

This collaborative project between StoryLab (formerly CoDE) and The Centre for Music and Science at Cambridge University, is led by a team including Helen Odell-Miller OBE, Richard Hoadley, Satinder Gill, Cecily Morrison, Ian Cross, Phil Barnard, Gill Westland and Bonnie Kemske.