EDWARD WILLIAMS 1921 - 2013
We are sad to announce the death on Sunday 8th of December of Soundbeam originator Edward Williams.
Following a rich and varied career as a composer for film and television, Edward's involvement with Soundbeam (a device he originally conceived primarily as a tool for contemporary dance) became a key part of his life from the early 1990's onwards. His interest in the democratisation of opportunity for musical expression and performance afforded by Soundbeam, along with his eagerness to explore new forms of electronic music technology, provided Edward with an energetic focus for his later years along with his wife Judy who still has an active role.
A fundamentally generous man, a lifelong socialist and a highly principled thinker and artist, Edward Williams will be deeply missed by his family, his colleagues, and the many teachers and other professionals in the world of special needs who had the pleasure to meet him during his 25 years with Soundbeam.
Soundbeam is an award-winning 'touch free' device which uses sensor technology to translate body movement into music and sound.
In performance, education and therapy, this unique creative and expressive medium is widely recognised as 'must-have' technology.
Featured film... Abigail Punchard (Victoria Education Centre, Poole, Dorset) performing 'Come what may'
More Soundbeam films
on our YouTube channel
Soundbeam: Movement into Music - What is it?
See Soundbeam at
Autonomic Lille Europe, France, 5-6 Dec 2013
Mid Atlantic Region American Music Therapy Association Conference, Buffalo, NY, 9-12 April 2014