Portrait of Eevee Zayas-Garin at Carmen Gray's studio in Amsterdam, 2022. Outpainted using Dall-E 2.

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.

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Projects

The Neptuno instrument (a seven-sided pyramid) being played by two hands, on a desk with other synths
NEP7UNO

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.

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Close up of an ancient tree trunk
Art of the Long Future

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.

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Wooden laser-cut box being touched by two hands
Touchy Spacey Data Thingy

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.

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Conductor James Rose, centre, with members of BSO Resound, an ensemble of disabled musicians
The Rose Conducting Baton

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.

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Four saline drip bags from lifeSupport hanging from an IV pole
lifeSupport

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.

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Hands playing on the first working prototype of Kazumi, a gray seven sided truncated pyramid
Kazumi

An accessible instrument for aspiring musicians and makers. It is a completely new interface that is designed to be engaging for anyone that is interested in making music.

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Music

I am currently engaged in several musical projects:

Astrolabio

Find my music as Astrolabio on Bandcamp and Soundcloud.


Spiritual Advisor

Find my music as Spiritual Advisor also on Bandcamp and Soundcloud.


YOLO

My band, YOLO, hasn't recorded yet, but we're working on it!

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DJ mixes

Finally, I'm starting to put out some mixes on Soundcloud.

Publications

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

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