The mission of Deep Listening Institute includes the development of technology for artists. AUMI was created to support artists with disabilities. The starting point was to work with those potential artists with the least possibility to participate. This point of view has made artistic expression available to a wide range of people who would otherwise have no access. AUMI is an inclusive interface that all can use. More research is needed in order to design even more effective features to support an inclusive range of music making. DLI provides a training program in the use of AUMI. Feedback from those who engage in the training programs help to inform the next developments of AUMI.
Though AUMI is very intuitive for users to learn on their own there are many aspects of ergonomics, environments as well as artistic considerations that support free improvisation as the preferred way to use AUMI.
Technology and Training Research
DLI-AUMI employs a Participatory Action Research approach, which provides direct feedback about the effectiveness of the musical instrument in a variety of creative, educational and therapeutic settings. This user feedback from all learners and educators helps push the interface forward to wider ranges of expressiveness and use.
We are continuing our research on smart hands free controllers for interfaces. We want the technology to adapt to the user. Currently we are updating all software to run on new systems and updating all versions of AUMI with new features. Our trainer is continually updating the manual and creating a curriculum for therapists, parents, and aides to use in facilitating improvisation with AUMI.
AUMI Researchers include:
Deep Listening Institute, Inc., Kingston, New York Staff and students of Abilities First, Inc., Poughkeepsie, New York Faculty and students of Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Troy, New York Scholars and students of ICASP from the University of Guelph, Guelph, Ontario Faculty and students of Memorial University and Easter Seals, St. John’s, Newfoundland Faculty and students of University of Kansas, Lawrence, Kansas Faculty and Students of McGill University and McKay School, Montreal, Quebec Faculty of Lakehead University, Thunder Bay, Ontario