The Turkish Ney is steeped in cultural significance. A traditional wind instrument, it was first played around 4500 years ago but its breath control is difficult and few around the world can teach it.
Ethnomusicologist John O’Connell, Sonic Art Scholar Alexandros Kontogeorgakopoulos and User Experience Designer Anthony Mace experimented with Ney replicas, and breath and touch sensors to develop software to aid in learning the varied techniques required to play the Ney.
With potential for breath sensing and notation in entertainment and healthcare, this unusual project fused one of the world’s oldest instruments with cutting-edge technology to break new musical ground.