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In this sense, we imagine. We visualize. We gather our resources. We design and construct. Taking part in communities that have exercised decolonializing methods such as these, as well as dialoguing and learning from communities that survive by adopting the same strategies and principles, inspired this song.

Martha Gonzalez, on the title track Imaginaries


Both Martha Gonzalez and Sherrie Tucker’s presentation at the EMP POP Conference 2014, “Improvising New Communities with Bodies in Motion Roundtable,” reconfigure “music, movement, and space in terms of individual bodies, social collectives, and contested urban geographies,” (Program, p17) to adapt traditions mitigating from Mexico and Japan; and, demonstrate how ALUM multimedia improvisations build diverse communities. In her presentation Martha Gonzalez merges Latino & Chicana/o Fandango practices with Nobuko Miyamoto’s Buddhist tradition of music and dance to combine and create the Fandango Obon Project which functions as a participatory musical dialogue between Veracruz and Japan, two diverse groups who share in LA’s cultural and geographical spaces.

Fandango   Nobuko Miyamoto

Gonzalez is also part of the talented Quetzal Grammy winning ensemble who drew from the folk traditions of Mexico, protest songs of the Civil Rights 60’s, Chicano Rock, Rhythm and Blues, Salsa and International music to create “Imaginaries”,  a tribute to the L.A. soundscapes for political and social struggles for self-representation.

Sherrie Tucker’s project, “(Un) Rolling The Boulder,” relies on a group collaboration involving disabled people, the academic community,  and Pauline Oliveros and the Deep Listening Institute multimedia “Adaptive Use Musical Instrument” (AUMI) interface to connect people through interactive musicality.  Tucker explains how disabled people and people without disabilities are now able to use “ a free software interface AUMI, which transforms any computer with camera-tracking into a flexible musical instrument that adapts to every body.” She says  that the project seeks ways to explore the meaning of community and how some people experience exclusion from their communities. Furthermore, she says, that although the group posses different degrees of physical ability, they are able to produce a fusion of music, dance and song to express themselves in unique and unexpected ways.

Percussion where there had been nothing

I relayed the information to my daughter in law who works in the Boston School District with disabled children.


I went to the POP Conference here and this amazing invention has been developed to incorporate everyone and anyone into the music art community.  Thought you might be interested.  The software is free along with instructions.



Adaptive Use Musical Instruments Tutorial