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.

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AIL Open Seminars #005

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November 13, 2023

Music from the Augmented Instruments Laboratory

Join us for a daytime seminar and evening concert at QMUL on 17 November 2023, with special guests Iran Sanadzadeh and Jeff Synder.

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November 02, 2023

AIL Open Seminars #003

Living with a Digital Musical Instrument: Interface - Instrument - Practice - Pathway by Iran Sanadzadeh

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