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AUMI Together

AUMI Together is a new project to be developed by Henry Lowengard under a grant from the Craig H. Nielsen Foundation, administered through Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.

AUMI Together has two main aims:

  1. To create a webapp version of AUMI, capable of running in web browsers that can process video and sound.
  2. To connect that new AUMI client to other AUMI clients in an AUMI-friendly remote conferencing system.

The Project

Over the years, AUMI has proved a useful tool for allowing people to improvise music together in groups whatever their abilities. But now as people are more isolated, there's a need for AUMI players to play together telematically. It's appropriate that Dr. Oliveros was passionate about both AUMI and telematic performances!

 The complicated nature of getting a musical performance together using conferencing software, combined with the need to set up AUMI for its players and organize the improvisation session points out the need for a new kind of software to accommodate this practice.

I'm [Henry Lowengard] proposing AUMI Together, a variation on the concepts of AUMI that have been redesigned for collaborative music making in a networked environment. With some thought, the same infrastructure could also be used for other kinds of collaborative participation, for instance, painting together or making a 3d model.

Principles of AUMI Together should include:

To break the technology down:

This project is just underway (November 2021) and is expected to roll out in stages over the next two years.