Research

The Baluji Music Foundation produces and participates in research to help address issues faced by blind and partially sighted musicians. Our current work includes the development of a revolutionary hands-free braille music device Dotaware which will enable musicians to feel the notes while performing, in a project funded by Nesta, and in partnership with Queen Mary University of London. Do  Contact Us  if you would like to be involved, help fund a research project or would like to find out more about any of our projects. 

Featured Research

Dotaware

Hands Free Braille Music Device

In partnership with Queen Mary University London, the Baluji Music Foundation is developing a hands free braille system with the intent of enabling blind musicians to read braille music and play an instrument at the same time. The system uses the 

pre-established 6 dots of braille and places them on a wearable band. Through our testing of the prototype we have discovered the device has further potential outside of music and would love to see the device acting as an aid for all blind people. Do get in touch if you would like to try out the device or have any further questions.  Contact 

 

 Development so far has been funded by Nesta via Nesta Amplified. 

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BMF Reports

Blind to the Facts - An exploration of the needs of blind and visually impaired musicians. Supported by the Platinum Trust and the RNIB and commissioned by the Inner Visions Music Company, 1995

 

This report identifies the problems faced by blind and partially sighted musicians and attempts to find solutions through mechanisms for support. The report includes a wide ranging survey of blind and partially sighted musicians and music agents in the UK at that time. While technology has advanced since 1995, shockingly, many issues raised in the report remain valid. This research led to the foundation of what would become the Baluji Music Foundation and the establishment of the Inner Vision Orchestra, the only professional orchestra of blind musicians in the world.