Creative Coder to develop an instrument you can play with any part of the body

OpenUp Music is looking for a freelance Creative Software Developer for a year long project to realise an accessible, affordable and expressive software based musical instrument that can be played using any part of the body via infrared tracking markers and off the shelf hardware. The successful candidate will work collaboratively with our Technical Director and Musical Director to finalise the prototype designs we have created over the past two years, realise a robust software architecture and to co-develop an instrument that will revolutionise musical access for young disabled musicians. This is a wonderful opportunity to make a difference, not just to the musical lives of young disabled musicians, but also to broader public perceptions of what young disabled people can achieve if they are given the right opportunities to participate and progress. In short, your skills could make a HUGE difference.

We can offer £220 per day (based on 92 days) to the right candidate.


Work with OpenUp Music to refine requirements with stakeholders
Take part in participatory design workshops with endusers
Co-design a suitable baseline architecture
Develop a cross platform, accessible musical instrument
Help facilitate user testing at multiple project iteration points
Technical Skills

Excellent object-oriented programming skills (we are considering using C++/OpenFrameworks but are very open to using another platform if you can demonstrate its suitability)
Experience developing cross-platform applications (Mac, Windows, iOS, Android)
Experience with all parts of the software development life cycle
Experience with Git or similar version control systems
4+ years of applicable professional experience

About OpenUp

OpenUp Music has a simple mission – to open youth orchestras, musical instruments and musical repertoire to young disabled musicians. Whether that involves creating a musical instrument you can play with your eyes or working with a school to help them establish their first orchestra, OpenUp Music is here to help.

How to Apply:

Interested candidates should send their CV (including a portfolio of relevant work with hyperlinks) and a very short covering letter (300 words max) outlining their suitability for the position by midnight on Monday 5th October to info[at]

Shortlisted candidates will be invited to interview on Monday 12th October in Bristol UK. Please email us if either of those dates or the location cause any problem and we will see what we can do to help.

OpenUp Music are an equal opportunity employer and are determined to ensure that no applicant or employee receives less favourable treatment.