Music, Technology and Inclusion

We are looking forward to the opening of the Society's 2019 ceason, when the Australia Piano Quartet will  perform works by Mozart, Beethoven and Brahms  at our concert on 8 March 2019. We know the members of the Australia Piano Quartet as very fine classical musicians. But there is more to their creativity.

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                                                                                                           photo: courtesy of UTS


The Quartet is in its eighth year as Ensemble in Residence at the University of Technology Sydney (UTS). As part of this residency, the Quartet has taken part in ground-breaking collaborations with university faculties and external organisations. For example, the quartet collaborated  with Jess Irwin, a musician living with cerebral palsy, and Psykinetic a start-up robotic business.

Using Psykinetic eye control software and an instrument developed by biomedical engineer Jordan Nguyen, Jess was able to play classical music with the Australia Piano Quartet in a performance at the Sydney Opera House. The work was Whispering Pectoriloquy, co-written by Nguyen and the Quartet’s then violinist Rebecca Chan. The collaboration was part of the Quartet's commitment to helping create inclusive and empowering technologies to improve independence and quality of life for people with disabilities. It was featured on the ABC 7:30 Report, TedX and SBS.

More recently, APQ collaborated with staff and students from UTS’ Interaction Design and Music and Sound Design disciplines to create IMMERSE. Featuring live chamber and digital music performance, immersive electronic sound and interactive visual design, IMMERSE was created specifically for the UTS Data Arena, a 360 degree interactive audiovisual space, and was presented as part of the 2019 Sydney Festival program.