Tutorials, Books, Articles and Orgonisations

Tutorials: Most suppliers provide examples of how their software or hardware works

Name Comments
Adafruit Excellent reference site. They supply a wide range of shields of which a more limited range can be find via UK based suppliers. They have an extensive range of tutorials showing how to make gadgets with Arduino's and their shields plus there is sample code to get you up and running.
Arduino Home of the Arduino, extensive tutorials. Download for the IDE (Integrated Development Environment) which allows you to program your Arduino. There is also the "Arduino Playground" e.g. another "Processing Example"
Dayton Audio Surface Transducer supplier, data sheets and technical advice.
Figurenotes (Drake Music Edinburgh).

These folks have a unique notation system to make playing music more accessible.

Fritzing This software allows you to create circuit diagrams from vector drawing of your breadboard designs. A lot of the Open Source circuit designs can be downloaded this way.
Maker Spaces These are places you can meet up with like minded developers. e.g. MK Makerspace. There is also DM Lab, a makerspace under the auspices of Drake Music (London).
MathWorks The source for MatLab and Simulink. A professional modeling package that now understands and can communicate with Arduino's. I tested it out with a 30 day trail product, it looks very promising. Cost a mint to buy but can be bought for "personal use" at a much lower cost. Check their site for the latest products and prices.
Processing This software was a forerunner the the Arduino IDE. In it's current form it allows you to export data from the Arduino back via the USB connection to a PC. This is how I currently "data log" and user activity.
Spark Fun As per Adafruit. Tutorial example - Connecting arduino via "Processing"


Topic Area Title Details
Arduino Getting Started with the Arduino, by Massimo Banzi, O'Reilly 2011 This assumes very little knowledge and is designed to get you started in a non-technical way. It is written by one of the co-founders of the Arduino project. The Arduino web site at http://www.arduino.cc/ gives further information and links.
Arduino Make: Getting Started with the Arduino, by Massimo Banzi, Makezine 2015 As immediately above both extra chapters and a wider range of Arduino's.
Arduino Programming Arduino: Next Steps Further sketches:- timing interrupts, interfaces, USB, internet, signal processing and multitasking.
Arduino Make: Arduino Bots and Gadgets Purchased as an extra reference into looking at alternative solutions plus some fun projects I might get into one day.
Arduino Arduino Cookbook, Michael Margolis, O'Reilly This 2nd edition is now started to get dated, but gives extensive technical detail to squeeze every last drop of functionality out of the Arduino.
Arduino Arduino tools and techniques (Jeremy Blum, Wiley,2013) In depth look at a range of Arduino's and how they interact with the world.
Arduino Arduino Workshop (John Bozall, No Starch Press, 2015?) Very hardware orientated, using shields and a range of interface techniques.
C Beginning C for the Arduino (Jack Purdam, Apress, 2012) In depth look at programming techniques that underpin the Arduino. Sometime the online help runs out of steam just when you are trying to solve a problem.
C++ Programming C++ Programming 2nd Addition ( Mark Lee, Cengage, 2009). A beginners guide to the C++ language, useful if you want to get into good practices behind programming, especially if you want to build libraries for Arduino based projects. It used MS Visual Studio 2010 which runs happily on Windows 7 and simultaneously with either Arduino IDE.
Fritzing. Fritzing for Inventors (Simon Monk, McGraw Hill, 2016) How to use open source design software to get from prototype to product.
Maths The Math Behind the Music (Leon Harkleroad, CUP, 2009). Some useful insights when you start mixing mathematics, music, physics, hardware and software.
MIDI MIDI Power, Robert Guerin, Course Technology, 2008 Invaluable for figuring out how MIDI works. This protocol is at the heart of the music technology used on the AMP's project.
Music Music for Special Kids (Pamela Ott, 2011) Some excellent advice on how to support people with different abilities to actively participate in musical activity.
Music Music Therapy and Group Work (Jessica Kingsly Publishers, 2005). This compilation is getting dated, but hives a context in the application of music therapy.
Music The Handbook of Music Therapy (Routlidge, 2009). As immediately above.
Music Technology Music Technology in Therapeutic and Health Settings (Magee 2014)

Essential reading. A collection of works on the subject, with some good does and don'ts. Two key pointers are explanations of why music technology has historically made poor inroads into music therapy. The other being to caution against it's inappropriate use.

Processing Getting Started With Processing (O'Reilly) A hands-on introduction to making interactive graphics. Of more importance the Processing Language helps to link interactivity with the Arduino based devices with a standard PC. This in turn enables data logging to be undertaken.
Processing Processing 2: Creative Programming Cookbook.(PACKT, Jan Vantomme). As above
Sensors Make: Getting Started with Sensors (Karvinen, Karvinen, Valtokari, Makezine 2014) Entry level use of sensors:- Potentiometers, ultrasound, infrared, photo resistors, thermometers and humidly.
Sensors Make: Sensors (Karvinen, Karvinen, Valtokari, Makezine 2014) A stimulating range of recipes for a wide range of sensors. Covers Arduino and Raspberry Pi.
Sensors Making Things Talk 2nd Ed (Tom Igoe, Makezine, 2011). An inspiring and informative set of Arduino based projects using sensors and a range of communication techniques to hear and feel the world.



Article Details
A holistic approach on the neurological benefits of music

Jimenez-Dabdoub L1, Catterall J.2016


A holistic perspective on human beings allows health carers to achieve an understanding of all the physiological, psychological and social disturbances of the patient as a whole. Through this article we wish to focus on how music has holistic neurological benefits. Music-therapy interventions can be more accessible and even "self-managed" by the patient's relatives. They can reinforce social cohesion, family ties and patients' self-esteem and thus produce a better quality of life. Overall, it is important to consider the benefits that an evolutionary understanding of musical behaviour and a holistic clinical perspective of the role of music may bring for rehabilitation of a wide range of symptoms and conditions.


MacIntyre The Inventor and Us Local Copy of the Article
Spinal Injuries Asociation Feb 2015 Article on my Accessible Music Project in their "Foreward" magazine. This led to the creation of the "tooth drum". see projects page.


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British Association of Music Therapists The British Association for Music Therapy (BAMT) is the professional body for music therapists and a source of information, support and involvement for the general public. Music therapy is an established clinical discipline which is widely used to help people whose lives have been affected by injury, illness or disability.
N.B. The title music therapist can only be used by those registered with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC).
DM Labs Drake Music (London) proved an assitive music technology focused meet up.
www.emiliegiles.co.uk Creative art and textiles. This shows what can be done with conductive fabrics.
Filisia Interfaces These folks folks have built a "field usable" assitive musi cdevice called Cosmo. Check it out on their website.
Music Hack Space (London) Weekly meetings but WIKI page referenced here has a lot of open source examples.
Milton Keynes Maker Space (mkmakerspace) The Milton Keynes Maker Space (aka mkms). They meet every Monday and Wednesday evening from 6pm until late at Men in Sheds MK. They like to make things, chat about stuff and other bits and bobs.Theye are a friendly bunch who are looking to meet new people and gain more members(I have met them and attend regularly).
The Royal Hospital for Neurodisability Their Vision: "That people with severe disability due to neurological impairment achieve their full life potential and enjoy the highest possible quality of life"

Their mission: To promote understanding of all aspects of brain injury and to provide information, support and services to people with a brain injury, their families and carer's. In addition, Headway will campaign to reduce incidence of brain injury.

The Spinal Injuries Association Their mission is to support all those affected by spinal cord injury by advising, educating and campaigning on their behalf.

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