Lee Abramson, American composer and musician, Died at 45


Lee Abramson was born on September 13, 1970, and died on January 20, 2016.

He was an American composer and musician.

Lee is the first person to write music using ModelTalker, a computerized speech production program.

The musician was diagnosed with Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (Lou Gehrig’s disease) in February 2005.

He used adaptive devices, live musicians and electronic technology to create complex musical expressions, all with one finger.

The composer’s music features layers of electronic textures, synthesizers, piano, bass, and percussion.

Proving to be unique, his music was used as a subject for study in a Michigan State University class.

As his disability, which restricts his ability to control a computer to the use of only one finger.

Lee Abramson wrote music one note at a time using software such as Sibelius, LogicPro, ModelTalker to use computer recordings of his voice to “sing” on songs, Keystrokes from Assistiveware as an on-screen keyboard..

He has produced an educational series of YouTube videos explains the 5-step method of making music with ModelTalker, with a 6th video showing a real-time bounce of a Logic Pro project with ModelTalker samples “singing”

While Tucker Stilley another musician with ALS, shared his custom KeyStrokes keyboard layout for Logic Pro, Abramson’s Digital Audio Workstation without which he says,”Would have made what I do impossible”

Previously to his physical illness, Lee Abramson was the bassist for numerous small bands, including Violet Wine and Punchy.

Mr.Lee Abramson recent productions are classified as Rumi music, where he sets Rumi poetry to music.

He has performed supporting several noms de plume, including Ace NoFace, under which he wrote and produced the album Toxic Charm, and also for Rumi Music, he produced a self-entitled album, Rumi Music and later, Vow to Silence.

Lee Abramson passed away at 45 yrs old.