The UNO Technology Ensemble, named Ensemble A.M.I. (Artificial Music Initiative), performs in a variety of genres including real-time interactive computer music, laptop ensemble music, commercial music, multimedia, and improvisation. The ensemble's repertoire includes music where technology occupies an essential role. Membership is drawn primarily from the Department of Music and the Department of Information Systems and Quantitative Analysis. The Technology Ensemble is a curricular elective for ALL instrumentalists and voices.
In 2008, A.M.I. performed three concerts. The first concert, led by UNO Composition/Music Theory faculty and A.M.I. founder, Ken Bales, featured new works as well as classics including Brian Eno's Music For Airports. The second and third concerts featured performances of interactive computer music including Andrew May's Ripped-up Maps. In 2009, Ensemble A.M.I. presented Virtual Music Week, Nebraska's first Electronic Music Week. The highlight of the week included a collaborative performance with Stanford Laptop Orchestra within Q3OSC, Robert Hamilton's networked video game environment in addition to three concerts of interactive computer music and fixed media works. Spire Artist-in-residence Robert Hamilton delivered lectures and demonstrations of his award-winning Q3OSC research, lectures on his work in bioinformatics, and narratives of his experience with technology transfer. In addition, Robert Hamilton's of Giants for 6-channel electro-magnetic resonance guitar, interactive computer, double bass, and iPhone controller was premiered.
UNO's Virtual Music Week will be an annual event. Long-range projects include establishing A.M.I. as the resident ensemble of PKI's Second Life Performing Arts Concert Hall and a realization of Stockhausen's Helicopter String Quartet. Ensemble A.M.I. was originally called the UNO Music Technology Ensemble when it was founded by Kenton Bales more than a decade ago. It has undergone many transformations which reflect not only the interests of the various directors that have guided the group, but the transformations reflect the evolving nature of Computer Music ensembles and Music Technology platforms. Ensemble A.M.I.'s current director is Jeremy Baguyos, Assistant Professor of Music Technology and Artist-Faculty of Double Bass. Much of his research interest in Human-Computer Interaction is reflected in his programming choices.