The Augmented Instruments Laboratory is a music technology research team based in the Centre for Digital Music (C4DM) at Queen Mary University of London and the Dyson School of Design Engineering at Imperial College London.

The lab is led by Prof. Andrew McPherson, and its members hail from a wide range of backgrounds spanning music, engineering, human-computer interaction, design and the social sciences. The lab was founded in 2011 as part of QMUL's Centre for Digital Music. From 2023 onward, the lab will have a dual institutional affiliation, with future members joining from Imperial College London.

The lab hosts several large grant-funded projects including an ERC Consolidator Grant (2023-27) and a Royal Academy of Engineering Senior Research Fellowship (2021-26). PhD students in the lab are supported by the Media and Arts Technology and Artificial Intelligence and Music doctoral training programmes at QMUL.

Lab members work frequently with companies, charities and artists. A spinout of the lab is Bela, an open-source embedded hardware platform for creating instruments and interactive audio systems with a high degree of nuance and extremely low latency. Following a successful Kickstarter campaign, the company Augmented Instruments Ltd was founded in 2016, and it supports a growing maker community and provides consultancy services to industry.

Latest Lab News

November 15, 2022

Music Software Accessibility Symposium

Improving blind and visually impaired (VIB) access to music software.

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November 01, 2022

The Augmented Instruments Lab is moving to Imperial

Lab director Prof. Andrew McPherson is moving to Imperial in January 2023, and the lab will have a dual institutional affiliation.

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June 19, 2022

NIME 2022 at the Augmented Instruments Lab

Lab papers at NIME 2022 and a local London watch event.

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