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HAWK - Using Hollywood technology to unlock secrets

Led by Dr Cheryl Metcalf, academics have been pioneering a new way of using motion capture technology to examine the way pianists play the piano.

HAWK (Hand And Wrist Kinematics), researchers are looking at individual pianists' playing technique - giving an insight into the posture of their hands on the keys and the movements they use showing how this translates into the unique sound they make and advise on how to avoid injury.

Recently celebrated at an event at Bluthner Piano Showroom in Berkeley Square, London, 12 pianists from the University's Music department played a piano concerto whilst the HAWK technology recorded their hand movements.  The event was concluded by Keith Davis, Head of Vocal Studies, and the University's student choir singing Nightingale Sang in Berkeley Square.  

The team is also exploring opportunities within other key industries besides music where the technology could help in unlocking vital information. 

Cheryl recently attended the Farnborough International Air Show as part of the University's Aerospace trade exhibition stand to promote HAWK.   Cheryl met with various people within the aerospace industry with a view to developing further business opportunities.

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