Oluremi Abati (KCL) - 2022-23 Students

Exploring Digital Audio Workstations (DAWs) and inclusive music practices for blind music producers. An interdisciplinary study of digital music technology and disability

This study seeks to investigate the accessibility of Digital Audio Workstations (DAWs) to blind music producers. It is an ethnographic study designed to explore how blind producers navigate around the digital platform of music compositions and audio recordings. The DAWs are digital platforms on which musical instruments and audio manipulations can be performed digitally. However, these platforms are predominantly visual/graphic based which present some barriers to blind producers from having independent access. The study will therefore generate its data by interviewing blind music producers from different backgrounds. Also, the study will adopt participants’ observations as a tool through which the practical experiences of participants can be thoroughly observed and documented.

Primary supervisor: Dr Frederick Moehn, KCL
Secondary supervisor: Dr Katherine Schofield, KCL

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