The EyeHarp challenges participants to explore teaching methods for learning to play melodies and rhythms through eye or head movements. People with severe motor disabilities (with ALS, cerebral palsy, tetraplejia, etc.) do not have access to conventional music instruments.
The EyeHarp is an open source software that, along with an eye tracker or a head tracker, allows playing music through eye or head movements. Playing melodies and rhythms with the eyes/head, requires special head/eye motor abilities. The participants are challenged to develop handled teaching methods that will enhance the learning process of playing music through eye/head movements.
The Music Technology Group (MTG) of the Universitat Pompeu Fabra in Barcelona carries out research on topics such as audio signal processing, music information retrieval, musical interfaces, and computational musicology. The MTG aims at finding a balance between basic and applied research while promoting interdisciplinary approaches that incorporate knowledge and methodologies from both scientific/technological and humanistic/artistic disciplines.
The EyeHarp is a gaze-controlled music interface. It aims to allow people with physical disabilities learn and play music. It is open source and free to download and use.