Biomusic workshop with Spectrum Productions
April 4th, 9:30-11:30 a.m., Arts W-5
McGill University, 853 Sherbrooke Street West
Biomusic is a novel technology that translates physiological signals into auditory output. Pilot studies have indicated that biomusic has the ability to increase feelings of interpersonal connection and to generate awareness of the emotional state of the user.
In a recent SSHRC Connection event, possible applications of biomusic for individuals with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) were explored during a 3-day workshop in Montreal. Outcomes of this workshop included a new collaboration between McGill researchers and one of the participating organizations, Spectrum Productions, whose vision is to provide meaningful employment and professional skills to young people with ASD.
The project consists of a series of 5 participatory design workshops with Spectrum Productions, in which their members will have the opportunity to appropriate biomusic tools and apply them directly in their workplace. On April 4th, McGill researchers and participants from Spectrum Productions will present their experiences of biomusic in a public workshop hosted by Media@McGill.
This research is supported by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada.