I am a design engineer and a musician who also explores the mediums of poetry and photography. I have a special interest in matters of access, dialogic design, sound art and practice-based research into musical interaction.
I am originally from Valencia (Spain) and based in London since 2011. I graduated in BSc Engineering Product Design with First Class Honours from London South Bank University in 2015. I am currently a PhD student at the Media and Arts Technology (MAT) Centre for Doctoral Studies, Queen Mary University of London. As part of the Augmented Instruments Laboratory, my research is concerned with accessibility, lived experience and replicability in digital musical instrument design.Get in touch
A percussion instrument based on FM synthesis. With it, you can explore different ways of modulation in a tactile way. It runs on Bela and features seven custom Trill bar sensors and piezos.Go to project
A short documentary film about the preservation of our ancient past, uncertainty of the world at present, and a vision for longevity through artistic practice.Go to project
A device for the sonification of data. Designed to provide a visceral interaction to compare data sets, it then presents them as an intuitive graphic interface and a musical instrument.Go to project
A 3D printed clip that allows for a conducting baton to be attached to James Rose's glasses. James conducts with his head and the accessible baton assists him in the development of his technical skill and artistry as a conductor.Go to project
An IV drip generative music installation powered by Bela platform. Four saline drip bags pick random notes from chords, each drip on a different octave, tuned using just intonation. Parameters can be tweaked in real-time.Go to project
I am currently engaged in several musical projects:
My band, YOLO, hasn't recorded yet, but we're working on it!
Follow us on Instagram.
Finally, I'm starting to put out some mixes on Soundcloud.
Here is a list of my publications:
- Zayas-Garin, E., & McPherson, A. (2022, June 16). Dialogic Design of Accessible Digital Musical Instruments: Investigating Performer Experience.Proceedings of the International Conference on New Interfaces for Musical Expression. NIME 2022. https://doi.org/10.21428/92fbeb44.2b8ce9a4
- Reed, C. N., Nordmoen, C., Martelloni, A., Lepri, G., Robson, N., Zayas-Garin, E., Cotton, K., Mice, L., & McPherson, A. (2022, June 16). Exploring Experiences with New Musical Instruments through Micro-phenomenology. Proceedings of the International Conference on New Interfaces for Musical Expression. NIME 2022. https://doi.org/10.21428/92fbeb44.b304e4b1
- Zayas-Garin, E., Harrison, J., Jack, R., & McPherson, A. (2021, April 29). DMI Apprenticeship: Sharing and Replicating Musical Artefacts. Proceedings of the International Conference on New Interfaces for Musical Expression. NIME 2021. https://doi.org/10/gm8tkf