What is the Adaptive Use Musical Instrument (AUMI)?

The Adaptive Use Musical Instruments  (AUMI) software interface enables people who have very limited controlled (voluntary) movement to independently engage in music making. Led by musician, composer, and humanitarian Pauline Oliveros, AUMI project brings together the expertise of technologists at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI) and the community education initiatives of the former Deep Listening Institute now Center for Deep Listening at Rensselaer. (CDL)

The AUMI software interface enables the user to play sounds and musical phrases through movement and gestures. This is an entry to improvisation that enables exploration of sounds ranging from pitches to noises rather than learning set pieces in written notation. This open approach to music enables anyone to explore and express a range of affects, both by themselves and in response to, or in conversation with, others. While the AUMI interface can be used by anyone, the focus has been on working with children who have profound physical disabilities. In taking these participants as its starting point the project attempts to make musical improvisation and collaboration accessible to the widest possible range of individuals. This approach also opens up the possibility of learning more about the relations between ability, the body, creativity and improvisation, from within a cultural context that does not always acknowledge or accept people with disabilities.

For general information contact aumi@deeplistening.org

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