Living instruments

Preserving old and rare instruments by creating their digital twins.

How might digital instrument collections influence the future of music and sound-making?

The Grainger Museum is transforming historically rare and unique instruments into interactive and playable virtual instruments. The Living Instruments project – a collaboration with the University of Melbourne’s Faculty of Fine Arts and Music and Melbourne eResearch Group, School of Computing & Information Systems – involves mapping real instruments (by sampling their sound) to new tactile digital interfaces that anyone can use.

During this official launch of the Living Instruments digital platform, learn about the preservation practices and cultural value of the Grainger Museum’s remarkable musical instrument collection. Experts who have contributed to the project will share insights about playing, composing and curating the instruments, through to research and software development.

After the discussion, discover and interact with the playable virtual instruments first-hand.

Thu 29 April, midday – 1pm

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Event Speakers

Anthony Lyons

Dr Anthony Lyons

Anthony Lyons is a composer and musician whose practice is an interdisciplinary one traversing performance, production, moving image and installation. His work has been performed and exhibited in Australia and internationally. As a lecturer in Interactive Composition at the University of Melbourne’s Faculty of Fine Arts and Music, he is involved in a number of projects with students focused around community, collaboration and sound mapping.

Heather Gaunt

Dr Heather Gaunt

Heather Gaunt has over two decades of experience working in the museum industry, as Curator, Collection-Manager, Tertiary Educator, Researcher and Writer. She is currently Senior Academic Programs Curator, Museums & Collections Department, University of Melbourne, and was Curator of the Grainger Museum from 2017-2020. Heather has extensive experience in tertiary education pedagogy in museums across disciplines.

Abdul Rehman Mohammad

Abdul is a software engineer at the Melbourne eResearch Group. He completed his Masters in Information Technology (Distributed Computing) in 2020 and is currently working on projects in the cloud and web application areas respectively.


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