Bela Workshop

August 10th, 2016 10:00 am until August 12th, 2016
Steim, Achtergracht 19, 1017WL, Amsterdam Steim, Achtergracht 19, 1017WL, Amsterdam

STEIM and the Centre for Digital Music (C4DM) at Queen Mary University of London are hosting a three-day digital musical instrument design and build workshop to be held at STEIM focussed on the Bela platform.

DATES: 10th, 11th & 12th of August, 2016
TIMES: 10:00 / 18:00
LOCATION: STEIM, Achtergracht 19, 1017WL, Amsterdam

Participants of the workshops will use Bela (, a new embedded audio / sensor platform based on the BeagleBone Black which provides submillisecond latency between action and sound, and which replaces the need for a laptop and external microcontroller boards such as Arduino to create digital musical instruments.

The programme of the workshop includes:

– a comprehensive hands-on introduction to developing with Bela;
– a number of design activities aimed at elaborating ideas and objectives when designing DMIs;
– a prototyping session where members of STEIM and C4DM will help participants port their instruments to Bela
– a test/evaluation session;
– a concluding performance or demo with the newly built instrument.
A major goal of the workshop is to make the new instrument designs sustainable by thoroughly documenting the process of building and using the instrument. In addition to the new artefacts created in the workshop, we hope (where the designer agrees) to support the release of documentation that will allow others in the community to replicate and modify the instruments. In addition to technical help, the organiser team will help the participants document their efforts as they go along, and they will record short interviews as part of a research study on digital musical instrument sustainability.
Fabio Morreale, Giulio Moro and Andrew McPherson
Augmented Instruments Laboratory, Centre for Digital Music
Alan Chamberlain (University of Nottingham)