One-Handed Musical Instruments
There is presently no orchestral musical instrument that can be played with one hand. Any deficiency in one hand or arm makes traditional instruments unplayable to any reasonable standard. As a result hundreds of thousands of people with disabilities in the UK, and millions across the world, are excluded from music making.
The OHMI Trust is challenging technologists, inventors, instrument makers, and anyone else who would like to have a go, to design and build one-handed instruments that can emulate any of those used in the classical orchestra. The best will be awarded the world's most prestigious prize for creative technology, a Prix Ars Electronica.
WHAT WE DO
OHMI, the One-Handed Musical Instrument Trust, are working to create new instruments that can provide full and undifferentiated participation in musical life; whether at school, in the home, or in a professional ensemble. Our success will have a profound impact not just on individuals but on society's relationship with disability, opening new realms of achievement and possibility.
The OHMI Trust is honoured to be supported by Ars Electronica, HemiHelp, Drake Music, The City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra & The DEC. (Read more...)
Alison Balsom becomes OHMI patron
We are delighted and honoured to have world renowned musician Alison Balsom become the patron of OHMI.
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