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Adaptive Use Musical Instruments for the Physically Challenged

Elizabeth Groeneveld

Published: 2010-06-30

The Adaptive Use Musical Instruments for the Physically Challenged (AUMIPC) project uses digital technology to enable people with little voluntary mobility to create and perform electronic sounds and sequences, in order to participate in solo and ensemble music improvisation and composition. The project focuses on holistic creative development rather than traditional pedagogical models, and attempts to make collaboration accessible to the widest possible range of individuals. This article briefly describes the way the AUMIPC is used, names its developers, and explores its benefits to the physically challenged.

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If people talked the way they drummed in improvisation, then I think the world would be a lot nicer…

– Youth participant, ICASP improvisation workshop