Hi Note is a new accessible musical instrument created by Vahakn Matossian (Human Instruments) and Pere Calopa Piedra. The team met at Music Hack Day Barcelona 2015, winning the #MusicBricks Hack Challenge and have since been developing this project into an expressive and intuitive instrument for the physically disabled.

Hi Note uses breath control to create dynamics, movement and alter the speed of tones, and head movements to change notes and timbres. This project uses IRCAM’s R-IoT Sensor to monitor and map subtle movements and gestures in an intuitive way.



Clarence Adoo testing the current prototype
Hi Note
Hi Note


After their #MusicBricks incubation, the team were joined by professional musician and member of the British Paraorchestra, Clarence Adoo to test the current prototype.

Hi Note encourages players to interact with music in different ways and opens up new possibilities for both disabled and non-disabled musicians.





#MusicBricks is a collaboration between Stromatolite, Sigma-Orionis, Ircam-Centre Pompidou, Music Technology Group, Vienna University of Technology, and Fraunhofer IDMT

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#MusicBricks has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement 644871