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6th Annual International Symposium on Adaptive Technology in Music and Art (ISATMA), Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

“Participate! Experience! Create!”

May 20, 2018

The symposium is devoted to new technologies and artistic concepts that provide artists across abilities access to creative tools for making multimedia works. The symposium addresses adaptive interfaces that can control digital workstations with limited mobility and accessible telepresence environments where groups can collaborate regardless of disability.

Talks, technical demos, music presentations, and a panel discussion will lay out the current state of assistive technologies and discuss future needs and trends. This event will have an emphasis on Percussion with special online guests Jackie Bertone and Jesse Stewart.

Schedule — Venue: CRAIVE-Lab

2:00pm-3:00pm: Interview Panel with Jackie Bertone and Jessie Stewart, Moderator: Sherrie Tucker
3:00pm-4:00pm: Jamboxx Session, Live Music with David Whalen, Tobias Koslowski and Jamboxx updates
4:00pm-5:00pm: Updates on the AUMI instruments

All events are open to the public and free of charge. A workshop with Leaf Miller will also be held as a separate ISATMA event this summer. Watch out for updates on this webpage.

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ISATMA 2018 will be held on Sunday May 20, 2-5:00PM. The CRAIVE-Lab is located in Rensselaer’s Technology Park adjacent to the Children’s museum (same building but different entrance).

The street address is: 250 Jordan Road, Troy, NY 12180.
Free parking is available and the entry to the Lab is barrier free.

Christopher and Dana Reeve Foundation, The Craig H. Neilsen Foundation, Center for Cognition, Communication, and Culture, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and the International Institute for Critical Studies in Improvisation (IICSI)


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5th Annual International Symposium on Adaptive Technology in Music and Art (ISATMA), Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

“Expanding the Improvising Community across Abilities, Bodies, Cultures”

October 20-22, 2017

The Craig H. Neilsen Foundation supports the The International Symposium on Assistive Technology for Music and Art (ISATMA), a conference devoted to new technologies and artistic concepts for artists across abilities to create new multi-media works. This symposium, hosted by the Center for Cognition, Communication, and Culture, showcases adaptive musical interfaces in an immersive telepresence environment which celebrates international collaborations and limit-defying improvisations. Expanding the improvising community aims to stretch social, perceptual, and cultural differences potentially generative of creative transformation: of music, of community, of consciousness.

Conference Schedule

Friday, Oct. 20, 2017 — Venue: CRAIVE-Lab

10:00am-10:10am: Welcome & Introduction of Friday
10:10am-10:20am: Introduction to Deep Listening
10:20am-11:20am: M. Temple, “ASL for DL” workshop.
11:20am-11:40am: K. Laity, “The Sound of Healing”
                               ————– Lunch————–
1:15pm-2:45pm: Heloise Gold, Deep Listening Body & Movement Workshop
                               ————– Break ————–
3:15pm-4:45pm: Ione, Deep Listening Dreaming Workshop
                               ————– Break ————–
5:00pm-6:00pm: Discussion on Deep Listening across abilities
                               ————– Dinner ————–
7:00pm-9:00pm: Tribute Concert for Pauline Oliveros — Focus on Deep Listening

Saturday, Oct. 21, 2017 — Venue: EMPAC

10:00am-10:10am: Welcome & Introduction of Saturday
10:10am-10:40am: E. Lewis, “The Use of AUMI in a Mixed Therapeutic/Pedagogic Setting”
10:40am-11:10am: G. Siddall, E. Waterman, L. Forshaw, “AUMI Sings”
                               ————– Break ————–
11:30am-12:00pm: A. Dvorak, Kip Haaheim, Sherrie Tucker, “Improvising Inclusive Communities”
12:00pm-12:30pm: H. Lowengard, “Designing Software for Community Use” (Workshop)
                               ————– Lunch–(light lunch will be provided)————
1:30pm-2:00 pm: J. Stewart, “Using Adaptive and Adapted Instruments in Community Music Settings”
2:00pm-2:30 pm: L. Harris, “Special Rec / Body Language” Presentation/Workshop
                               ————– Break ————–
2:40-3:40 pm: J. Sullivan and T. Ciufo, “Hands-On with AUMI v.4” (workshop)
                               ————– Break ————–
4:00-5:30 pm music workshop: Jesse Stewart and Leaf Miller
                               ————– Dinner (on your own, will not be provided)————–
7:30-10:00 pm: Tribute Concert for Pauline Oliveros II — Focus on Adaptive Instruments

Sunday, Oct. 22, 2017 — Venue: CRAIVE-Lab

10:00am-10:10am: Introduction & Introduction of Sunday
10:10am-10:40am: J. Braasch, D. Whalen, “Inclusive, distributed MIDI rock band”
10:40am-11:10am: J.n Yang, “Toolkit for Creative Network Performance”
11:10am-11:40am: N. Keil; M. Huang, C. Çakmak, “Designing Immersive Audiovisual Environments”
11:40am-12:10pm: C. Zotique “Exploring 21st-Century Musical Creation and Composition”
                               ————– Lunch————–
1:00 pm- 2:00pm: ArtRage Workshop with David Whalen
                               ————– Break ————–
2:20-4:05 pm Tribute Concert for Pauline Oliveros III: Spatial Sound (Cistern)
                               ————– Break ————–
4:15-4:35: R.D. Smock, I. Rios, K. Lovell: “Using Ableton for inclusive projects”

Concert Programs

Friday Concert, Oct 20, 2017, CRAIVE-Lab (7:00-9:00)

Part I: Text Scores by Pauline
1. The New Sound Meditation (presented by Ione)
2. Body Tune-Up (presented by Heloise Gold)
3. Teach Yourself to Fly (presented by Anne Bourne)

Part II:
Norman Lowrey & Theo Lowrey: Dream Shadows Dream, for Singing Masks, Automata, and Electronics

Part III:
Cistern Concert
1. Invocation by Ione
2. Concert (Free Improvisation)
3. Free Improvisation with Audience

Saturday Concert, Oct 21, 2017, EMPAC Studio I (7:30-10:00)

Lucas Garrett: a performance of Evening’s Come But It’s Not Dark  (7:30-7:50)
Workshop Presentation: Leaf Miller, Jesse Stewart and workshop participants (7:55-8:15)
On-stage interview with David Whalen about Jamboxx history (8:20-8:30)
Erik Klein, David Whalen: Music Machines (8:30-8:50)
Break (8:50-9:00)
On-stage interview with Leaf Miller about AUMI history (9:00-9:15)
Pauline Oliveros: Exchanges & Follow Me, performed by AUMI Group Ensemble (9:15-9:30)
4 Wheels City: Welcome to Reality Tour (9:35-9:55)
Pauline Oliveros: The Grand Buddha Marching Band (9:55-10:00)

Sunday Concert, Oct 22, 2017, CRAIVE-Lab (2:20-4:05)

Alper Kaya, Tobias Koslowski: Telematic Tales  (2:20-2:40)
Artrage Workshop Presentation: Workshop participants and ISATMA Music Ensemble (2:45-3:05)
Moving Space (Pauline Oliveros)  (3:05-3:20)
Break (3:20-3:30)
Dynamic Visual Scenes: Jonas Braasch, narration, ISATMA Music Ensemble  (3:30-3:40)
Free Cistern Improvisation: ISATMA Music Ensemble  (3:40-4:05)


Conference Program

The pdf version of the program can be downloaded here: PROGRAM_ISATMA2017-10-19

Hotel information

A limited number of rooms are available at the RPI rate of 129.00/night at the Holiday Inn Express, 300 Broadway, Albany. Call by October 13, 2017: 518-434-4111 and say you are with ISATMA. Free shuttle from airport. Short taxi ride to RPI.

Call for Papers

The call for papers can be found here: ISATMA 2017 Call for Papers

The International Symposium on Adaptive Technology for Music and Art (ISATMA) is an annual one-day event to promote new technologies and artistic experiences dealing with physical limitations of the human body and embodiment in general. The symposium addresses artists with physical disabilities and all others who are interested in extending their physical abilities through novel technologies to perform music and create art. The ISATMA is hosted by the Center for Cognition, Communication, and Culture and the Center for Deep Listening at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.

Highlights from the “My Breath My Music/ISATMA Wokshop” 2015

The event was hosted by the Center for Cognition, Communication, and Culture (Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute), My Breath My Music USA Foundation, and the Deep Listening Center. The event was held on March 14, 2015 in CRAIVE-Lab.

Music Performance by Tobias Kozlowsky on the Jamboxx via Skype

Music Performance by Shamar Persaud (Jamboxx), Keith Pray (Electric Piano)

Panel Discussion — Panelists: Marlene den Besten, Michael DiCesare, Karin van Dijk, Leaf Miller, Shamar Persaud,
Keith Pray, Ruud van der Wel; Moderation: Deborah Garrelts, Darlene Murray

Music Performance by Marlene den Besten (Magic Flute),
Karin van Dijk (Magic Flute), Ruud van der Wel (Guitar) via Skype

Music Performance by Alper Kaya on the Jamboxx via Skype

Highlights from the ISATMA 2014

We are in the process of archiving the presentations at the ISATMA 2014 symposion which was held on July 13 at the CRAIVE-Lab, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. We will add more material to this site over time.

Ruud van der Wel’s Overview Lecture


Presentation of the Jamster Robot for Assistive Support
David Whalen, robot control with Jamboxx
CATS/CCC Robot Team: William Keddy-Hector, Utkarsh Sinha, Andrew Cunningham, John Wen, Jonas Braasch


Ruud van der Wel: guitar
David Whalen: Jamboxx
Eric ‘Robosax’ Klein: Synthophone
Ivo, Yamaha WX5 Bass (via Skype)


Skype Performance: Sound of the Eighties
Tobias Koslowski: Jamboxx, Synthesizer Programming, Composition
David Whalen:  Moderator

ISATMA Organizing Committee
Jonas Braasch, Michael DiCesare, Ted Krueger, Pauline Oliveros, Ruud van der Wel, David Whalen

ISATMA Support

The first ISATMA was held in 2013 at Rensselaer’s Experimental Media and Performing Arts Center with support from the Christopher and Dana Reeve Foundation.

The ISATMA is supported by the My Breath My Music Foundation and Jamboxx.

This project has also received support from the National Science Foundation under Grant Number 1141480 to support the XSEAD portal which features the ISATMA as one of the initial projects of the data base. Any opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Science Foundation.