He has created something he calls Bandojo, an electronic musical instrument or software that can be downloaded to any iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch and allows virtually anyone to create music.
Users can choose among several instruments, rhythms, scales, volumes and even types of music. "This is a little complicated and hard to explain, but if you turn it on, it's beautiful and easy to use," Panaiotis said. "One thing that's important is how accessible it is."
Although Bandojo enables anyone -- those with no musical training, children, people with physical or intellectual disabilities -- to create original melodies that are automatically harmonized to a wide variety of accompaniments, Panaiotis insists it is "not a toy for kids."
There is, after all, a lot of technology behind the instrument, as well as quite a bit to understand.
The app costs
Panaiotis is also a research professor with
When he showed his new creation to STC.UNM -- the university's intellectual property arm formerly known as the
For more information on Bandojo software or the company,
Kellerman has a somewhat different definition of Bandojo than Panaiotis' "electronic musical instrument." He calls it a platform or single interface for playing multiple instruments. "It's a smart instrument," he said in a telephone interview, "a music-creation app."
Panaiotis' motivation for developing the software stems, in part, from something he was born with -- a congenital condition called arthrogryposis, an abnormal muscle shortening in his arms that limits his ability to use his hands.
When he was a fourth-grader in
Ultimately, he earned a master's degree in music from the
A few hours before they sat down with the Journal , Panaiotis and Spiro, along with two children and another colleague, demonstrated to another audience Bandojo's far-flung ensemble capabilities. They were in different locations but hooked up to Panaiotis' central computer. Together, they played a rendition of
Kellerman said Bandojo is being considered for use in more than 20 public schools in
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