LEGO Music Blocks

Lego Music Blocks

Emerging sensors, real-time feedback, and Tangible User Interface technologies are contributing to New Interfaces for Musical Expression (NIME) that extend beyond the screen and speakers of the desktop computer. Most of this development is being applied to controllers for experienced musicians and some to controllers for novices. Significantly less research has been applied to developing compositional experiences that extend beyond the desktop. Attention to tangible, exploratory compositional experiences for novices has been even more limited. To redress this, Lego Music Composition Blocks have been developed and explored as a compelling interface that uses physical building blocks embedded with electronics. Each block is an element of a tangible and readily reconfigurable music composition tool, which encourages play, multi-user interactions, and learning.


Burleson, W. (2003), “Lego Music Composition Blocks,” Maxis Symposium of Sound and Experimental Music, West Yorkshire, Leeds, UK, April 2003.