To date the project has focused on three related areas;
DrumSteps is a novel software tool for percussion composition which has
been developed at CRITE. It exists as both a standalone application and
a collaborative networked tool. A version of DrumpSteps is being hosted
by the BBC. The collaborative version of the tool is currently being extending
it to run on a public area wireless network in the Dublin City Centre
area. DrumSteps is also to be included in the Intel Computer Clubhouse
village in 2004, making the software available to children in 75 locations
in 15 countries. A full description of the software, downloads and examples
of childrens work may be found at the DrumSteps homepage.
This is a software environment for pitched composition developed in collaboration
with Tod Machovers Hyperinstruments group at the MIT Media Lab, Cambridge,
Mass. as part of the toy Symphony Project. Examples of childrens work
may be found on the Hyperscore pages.
Both software applications have been the focus of in depth research work
examining both childrens music cognition and teaching methodology appropriate
to software artifacts of this type. The research model and theoretical
principles underlying the work may be found on the research pages, while
video clips of children and teachers working with the software are on
the Video page.
This is an international music learning and technology project based in
the MIT Media Lab involving children, orchestras and soloists in the US,
Ireland, the UK and Europe. CRITE personnel have been responsible for
pedagogic and workshop design and implementation.
Links: Toy Symphony - http://www.toysymphony.org/
Press: Toy Symphony Concert, The National Concert Hall, Dublin
Times. Glasgow performance with the BBC.
Sponsor: Higher Education Authority - http://www.hea.ie/projects/index.htm