A group of University of Kansas professors has received a $35,000 grant to put on a symposium all about AUMI, the Adaptive Use Musical Instrument.
KU announced the grant, from the National Endowment for the Arts, on Thursday.
The AUMI is a computerized instrument that allows people — including those who are physically disabled with little or no voluntary movement — to make music. According to KU, AUMI software can be installed on any computer equipped with a camera. The camera captures body movement and triggers sounds ranging from bells to drums to synthesizer tones, with as little movement as a small tilt of the chin.
Sherrie Tucker, KU professor of American studies, has written extensively about musical performance and worked with the AUMI for nine years, almost as long as it has been created.
“I’m interested in the ways people create new forms of community by playing music together, and …