ABOUT

3D prints from Formlabs for a prototype hands free instrument

Human Instruments is an organisation which researches, designs and develops high quality musical instruments for people with physical disabilities.

Society has created barriers for disabled people to receive an education or build a profession in music.

We create opportunity by designing and building beautifully crafted musical devices to rival traditional orchestral instruments.

We are committed to bringing about a shift in music culture as powerful as the Paralympic games phenomenon.


We work closely with the British Paraorchestra and Friends, an inclusive orchestra of incredible musicians.

We have been a part of truly innovative and inspirational musical spectacles and it is our vision to bring talented disabled musicians, performers and composers to the world stage.

Human Instruments is actively seeking collaborative projects, financial support and welcoming new players and team members.

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Clarence Adoo plays with Paraorchestra & Friends conductor Charles Hazlewood

Human Instruments was founded by London-based father and son team Rolf Gehlhaar and Vahakn Matossian. Rolf is a composer of instrumental electronic and computer music. He is a pioneer in musical interactivity and has developed a system named SOUND=SPACE sine the late 70′s. Other works include generative visuals and music, computer-aided composition and performance instruments and computer controlled kinetic sculptures exhibited at Kinetica Museum London and in private collections internationally.

After studying Philosophy and Science at Yale University and postgraduate studies in Music at the University of California, Berkeley, he was hired by Karlheinz Stockhausen for three years after which he became a freelance composer and performer. He received over 50 major commissions, prizes and appointments at the worlds leading international electronic and computer music research institutions.

Vahakn Mastossian MA Rca is a music specialist and product designer working internationally from London.

Son of Armenian activist and writer Nouritza Matossian, Vahakn founded an Art & Design studio which creates interactive public projects, talks, installations, workshops and exhibitions. Based in London, the studio takes pride twisting reality to show the world in a different light. Play, discovery and imagination are the imperative.

Collaborators and clients include, IRCAM, Yamaha, Rhizomatiks, TROIKA, WIRED Lab, British Council, Glastonbury Festival, British Film Institute, Innovation Labs, Denmark, Music Tech Fest, MIT Technology Review and Cybersonica.

Vahakn tests Doosafon prototype during development of Touch Chord

Team

Musician

Musician

Developer / Coder

Human Instruments would not be where it is today without the work & support of

Pere Calopa

Edoardo Fusaro

Francisco Norris

Nouritza Matossian

Noémie Ducimetiere

Susan Mullins / Enterprise TFL Foundadtion

PL Ilica Foundation for the Endowment of the Arts

Past Events

6 March 2019 Talk and Haptic Baton Demo at Music Hackspace, Somerset House, London
24 Feb 2018 Key note presentation and demo, Think Big! Act Small IDE2018 IMAX, Bangkok, Thailand
10 Oct 2017 Keynote Talk Emtech Toulouse, France