Lee Abramson

Lee Abramson
Born (1970-09-13)September 13, 1970
Lansing, Michigan, U.S.
Died January 20, 2016(2016-01-20) (aged 45)
Lansing, Michigan, U.S.
Nationality American
Occupation Musician
Known for Use of adaptive technology in music

Lee Abramson (September 13, 1970 – January 20, 2016) was an American composer and musician. He was the first person to write music using ModelTalker, a computerized speech production program.[1]

Musical techniques and career

Abramson used adaptive technology, live musicians and electronic technology to create complex musical expressions,[2] all with one finger. His music featured layers of electronic textures, synthesizers, piano, bass, and percussion.[3][4] His music was used as a subject for study in a Michigan State University class.[5] Because of his disability, which limits his ability to control a computer to the use of only one finger,[6] 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..

Abramson 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"[7]

Tucker Stilley[8] another musician with ALS, shared his custom KeyStrokes[9] keyboard layout for Logic Pro, Abramson's Digital Audio Workstation without which he says,"Would have made what I do impossible"[10]

Prior to his physical illness, Abramson was the bassist for numerous small bands, including Violet Wine and Punchy.[11] His recent creations are classified as Rumi music, where he sets Rumi poetry to music.[3] Abramson has performed under several noms de plume, including Ace NoFace, under which he wrote and produced the album Toxic Charm.[4] In addition, under Rumi Music, he produced a self-entitled album, Rumi Music and later, Vow to Silence.

2012 presidential campaign

Abramson ran for President of the United States as an independent candidate in the 2012 election.[12][13][14] His candidacy was endorsed by The Daily Swarm.[15] Abramson did not appear on any state ballots in that election.


Abramson attended Okemos High School, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, and the University of Michigan. He took Music Marketing, Songwriting, Music Production at Berklee College of Music[16]

Other ventures

Abramson sold pork rinds on the internet from 1998 to 2000.[17]


Abramson was diagnosed with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis in February 2005.[18] He died on January 20, 2016, at the age of 45.[19][20]



  1. Ojay, Bobby. "ModelTalker Music Method Movies by Lee Abramson". Retrieved February 7, 2012.
  2. Wallbank, Derek (May 31, 2007). "Musician won't let disease define how he's remembered". Detroit Free Press. Retrieved February 27, 2012.
  3. 1 2 Abramson, Lee. "Rumi Music". Retrieved February 7, 2012.
  4. 1 2 Abramson, Lee. "Ace NoFace Band". Retrieved February 7, 2012.
  5. Eulenberg, John B. "Reactions to "Lee Abramson One Finger Musician"". Augmentative Communication Systems Course. Retrieved February 26, 2012.
  6. Bertsos, Cole (September 2, 2009). "Local man uses music to combat disease". The State News. Retrieved October 22, 2010.
  7. "ModelTalker Music Method". YouTube. 2014-01-03. Retrieved 2016-01-24.
  8. "Tucker Stilley". Tucker Stilley. Retrieved 2016-01-24.
  9. "KeyStrokes : On-screen keyboard for Mac". AssistiveWare. 2011-08-02. Retrieved 2016-01-24.
  10. "Tucker Stilley custom KeyStrokes Layout For Logic Pro | Thomas R Alexander". Teeohhem.com. Retrieved 2016-01-24.
  11. "Punchy Biography - ARTISTdirect Music". Artistdirect.com. Retrieved 2016-01-24.
  12. "Jewish Musician with ALS Announces Candidacy for U.S. President - Press Release". Ereleases.com. 2011-03-15. Retrieved 2016-01-24.
  13. "Disabled World Towards Tomorrow". Retrieved February 7, 2012.
  14. "Website is Inactive: Contact Hosting24.com". Widepr.com. Retrieved 2016-01-24.
  15. "Daily Swarm Endorses Lee Abramson, Jewish Musician with ALS, for President". The Daily Swarm. 2011-03-15. Retrieved 2016-01-24.
  16. Berklee College of Music. "Member Search | Berklee Music Network". Network.www.berkleemusic.com. Retrieved 2016-01-24.
  17. "Gifts". Porkrind.com. Retrieved 2016-01-24.
  18. Archived August 28, 2008, at the Wayback Machine.
  19. "Lee Abramson Obituary - Lansing, MI | Lansing State Journal". Legacy.com. Retrieved 2016-01-24.
  20. Lee Jacob Abramson. "Estes-Leadley Funeral Home – Lansing and Holt, MI » Blog Archive » Lee Jacob Abramson". Estesleadley.com. Retrieved 2016-01-24.
  21. "Musician with ALS Creates 'The Bionic Mouth' Album with ModelTalker Voice... - East Lansing, Mich., April 10, 2014 /PRNewswire/". Prnewswire.com. Retrieved 2016-01-24.
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