Tunes to get you in the “skoog”

Researchers have created unique technology to help give disabled people the power to express themselves in music

A new musical instrument, unofficially called the “skoog” and shaped like a toddler’s toy cube, has been invented for children with special needs by a team based at Edinburgh University.

The researchers claim the technology marks a world-first in its ability to give disabled children – or adults – real power of expression in their music-making.

Now that the prototype has been developed, a company, with the support of Scottish Enterprise, will to be set up to bring it to the commercial market.

Skoog’s public launch is expected to take place at a Tapestry conference at Glasgow’s Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum in May, when 1,000 children will perform music on an Afro-Scottish theme, led by pupils from Hillside and Park special schools in East Ayrshire.

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