Music at Work

by Mary Martialay on March 25, 2011

With the help of 210 supporters, the creators of the Adaptive Use Musical Instruments software system have successfully raised $16,020 to support training in use of the system.

Pauline Oliveros, founder of the Deep Listening Institute and clinical professor of music at Rensselaer, and her collaborators will hold an open house and workshop on the software March 27 from 2-4 p.m. at the Shirt Factory, 77 Cornell St, Suite 303, Kingston, NY. The AUMI group is planning additional workshops at Abilities First school in April, and the Center for Discovering in May.

The Adaptive Use Musical Instruments (AUMI) software offers people with severely restricted mobility – even limited to as little as facial expressions – the opportunity to play music. Using a webcam, AUMI software tracks the movements of the user and produces sounds and creates rhythmic patterns from those movements, said Oliveros.

A screenshot taken from a video demonstration of the software is shown above.

The March 27 workshops will introduce the AUMI system to the public, including special needs educators, therapists, and parents.

The AUMI group raised the money by posting a $15,000 appeal on fundraising site Oliveros said 210 people pledged support and at least 300 people have download the AUMI software (which is available free of charge on the Deep Listening website).

Oliveros said the AUMI creators are also working on a peer reviewed paper on the project, as well as a training manual. They have already produced handouts and a video tutorial, both of which will be available at the open house and workshops. For more on AUMI, visit the AUMI project page at Deep Listening Institute.