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Sensory system leaves patients with disabilities beaming

An innovative project is proving to be music to the ears of patients with disabilities at Heartlands Hospital.

Through the 3DOM project, patients at the Hospital’s Day Unit are creating, composing and performing their own music at the wave of an arm with a piece of equipment called the Soundbeam system.  The system uses sensors and sensory switches to translate body movements into music. 

Following the success of the initial sessions, therapists at the Hospital will continue to work with 3DOM to bring creative music-making to the lives of more patients who can benefit from the experience.

Project participant, Chris Lees, said: “I am one among a privileged few people who have had an opportunity to play a Soundbeam.

“The possibility of doing anything spontaneously is not often given to a disabled person.”

Georgina Farrow, music co-ordinator at Heartlands Hospital, said: “The soundbeam equipment is great for participants as it allows them to use their body in a positive way and creates a new outlet for creativity and self expression.”

An interactive performance with current participants and members of the 3DOM team is taking place on Wednesday 17 July at 6pm at the Recital Hall at Birmingham Conservatoire.  For further details about the event and to get involved in the project, contact: Clare Murphy or Georgina Farrow from the Heartlands arts team on: 0121 424 0113 or email:

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