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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.

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

Friday, October 20th

CRAIVE-Lab – Across Abilities Deep Listening Workshop

Deep Listening is a practice that fosters flexible, inclusive interaction among diverse communities. This workshop focuses on sonic meditations               adapted across abilities.

Saturday, October 21st

EMPAC Studio 2 – 10-Year Anniversary of AUMI & Tribute to Pauline Oliveros

A day of research, workshops, and performances will feature the Adaptive Use Musical Instrument (AUMI), founded by RPI Distinguished             Professor Pauline Oliveros (1932-2016). A tribute concert will follow for our dear friend, composer, musician, improviser, innovator, and humanitarian.

 Sunday, October 22nd

CRAIVE-Lab – Telepresence Music Improvisation Day

The Collaborative-Research Augmented Immersive Virtual Environment Lab hosts live and virtual participants to explore opportunities for high-fidelity networked collaboration.



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 Scharleman, 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.