The Magic Flute was originally designed as an adaptive musical instrument for people with little or no arm movement -- with the goal of allowing people with a wide range of disabilities the ability to perform live electronic music that can be at the highest professional quality. It is also an exciting and rewarding way for people who have limited lung function to carry out Breathing Exercises that will never become tedious to them.
We want you either in your local school band or playing a professional gig with your new group live on stage! We want you to be able to pursue music the way that you have always dreamed no matter what physical condition you may have encountered in your life's journey! You can play hundreds if not thousands of musical sounds from saxophone, trumpet, pan flute and other breath instruments to guitar, drums, piano for just starters -- and we challenge you to give this instrument a try. We are a new community of users. We want our community to grow and you to be a part of it -- we want not only to share our instrument but your experiences and your ideas to make this instrument better and better with your help.
How it works.
The flute swivels on top of a camera mount and can be moved up or down using the mouth piece. An internal gyroscope detects the angular position and converts that into a note or pitch. A keyboard, sound module, sampler,synthesizer, MIDI organ, a software synthesizer or sampler on a computer can be used for sound but also there is an internal sound card fitted in the Control Module. So you only need a set of small computer speakers and you can start playing.
The strength of the breath into the mouth piece controls the volume of the note. However, because we are interfaced with the computer we can also use several adaptive switches and countless other adaptive strategies. We feel we are only a limited by our imaginations. Breath pressure can be used to control volume as well as pitch and other parameters. Multiple notes can be triggered in one breath. If you are concerned that you are not physically able to access the instrument, we encourage you to make inquiry and we will work toward making music happen for you. Please join us