Music producer, accessibility consultant and PhD Candidate Jason Dasent is to host a seminar at Queens University Belfast on 12th and 13th October, where he’ll be sharing insights into his research project GENISYS. This hardware and software platform uses voice technology to improve accessibility for disabled music producers and audio engineers, bringing greater independence in their creative pursuits.
If you’re able to attend in person, the seminar will take place from 1 – 2pm on Wednesday 12 October at:
Arts Research Centre
School of Arts, English & Languages
4 Cloreen Park
Belfast BT9 5HN
You can join virtually via this link:
There will also be a performance at the same venue on Thursday 13th October from 1:10pm – 2pm.
Watch the performance here:
In this performance, Jason along with his colleagues, will showcase the latest accessibility developments in commercial music technology.
No advance booking is needed. Find more information on these and other QUB events here.
About Jason Dasent
Jason has over 25 years’ experience in all aspects of recording and music production. As a visually impaired producer, he was challenged to overcome the limitations of mainstream music software when “accessibility” was in its infancy and over the past 6 years, he began developing overlays to popular music production software, thus making them accessible to screen readers. He now consults with several music equipment manufacturers to help them to make their hardware and software accessible from the back end.
Bridging the Gap
Creative United is working in close collaboration with Jason, and Queen’s University Belfast’s Performance without Barriers team, as they work to better understand and share the experiences of disabled creatives. Together with this community, we will explore new tools that we hope will improve the inclusion of disabled people in creative pursuits, and lead to equal employment opportunities.
Queen’s University Belfast has been a key part of ongoing research to bridge the gap between visually impaired and sighted music producers, through an Arts and Humanities Research Council-funded research project. Together with partners from the Centre for Digital Music (CDM), they are investigating the accessibility of music software from the perspective of visually impaired people.
Following the adage “Nothing About Us Without Us”, the research is guided by the insights of a visually impaired musician and PhD researcher James Cunningham.