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The International Association of Player-Piano, Roll-Playing and Automatic Instrument Enthusiasts

What's an Automatic Musical Instrument … a player-piano?
Yes, that's a start - but there's much more ...

AMICA, (pronounced "Am-ih-cah") the Automatic Musical Instrument Collectors' Association is an educational non-profit organization with worldwide appreciation of historic automatic musical instruments. AMICA provides a lively forum for the sharing of the many aspects of our hobby

A collection isn't necessary to belong!

Our members' interests vary widely, from collecting instruments and rolls and related items, from fascination with the mechanisms, to interest in the history and the technicians and the artists, to just plain listening to the music of these amazing instruments.

AMICA was founded in San Francisco in 1963. Its goal has always been to introduce people from all walks of life to the beauty and value of automatic musical instruments. AMICA has prevented the destruction of many fine rare instruments that have been restored to their former glory. Not only that, but AMICA has placed many instruments in places where the general public can see, hear and enjoy these glorious instruments from the past.

Here are some of the things "AMICAns" do:

WE SHARE INFORMATION: The AMICA Bulletin is published regularly and offers articles, technical and historic information, biographical sketches, international and chapter news, as well as advertisements of interest to all collectors of automatic musical instruments.

WE MEET COLLECTORS: The Membership Directory lists fellow members and their collecting interests (available to members only). Annual Membership Meetings are held during the convention to discuss national association policy. Local Chapters form a network around the world. These chapters meet regularly to socialize and share common interests in automated mechanical musical instruments.

WE ATTEND CONVENTIONS: Annual Conventions are sponsored by local chapters to highlight their regions and local collections. This meeting gives members the chance to enjoy collections, see interesting people, places and things, and they allow AMICAns to make friends with collectors from the world over.  Conventions are  hosted by enthusiastic chapter members who share an interest in all facets of automatic musical instrument collecting. Informative workshops are presented as well as marts where members can buy and sell rolls and other items related to automatic musical instruments.

 

                                                 AMICA Bulletin Covers from the Past
Archived in the Members Only Section are digital copies of over 400 AMICA Bulletins dating back to 1964, that members can access for research and nostalgic pleasure. Here are what some of the covers looked like. Click on any to display full size.



Sep 1974



Sep-Oct 1995



Sep-Oct 2000



Sep-Oct 2009

 

Join AMICA

  Membership Benefits: 
     AMICA members receive the AMICA Bulletin, our journal of mechanical music, and a printed Membership Directory. Members also have the opportunity to meet others who share their interests through
Annual Conventions, and membership in Local Chapters
where they can attend meetings and meet mechanical music enthusiasts in their own region.

Preview our Current Bulletin on our Publications page

AMICA PUBLICATIONS FOR SALE


Encyclopedia of American Coin-Operated Pianos

     and Orchestrions and Related Instruments.
By Arthur A. Reblitz & Q. David Bowers
              An AMICA-International Publication

              (shipments to begin late January 2021)

 
 


Encyclopedia of Disc Music Boxes 1881-1920

            A History, Catalog Raisonné,
                       and Appreciation.
       By Q. David Bowers
            An AMICA-International Publication

Focus on AMICA Chapters

 Chapter Activities, Summer 2021
Chapter Activities, Spring 2021

Besides AMICA membership generally, there are local chapters throughout the United States that you can also join. Chapters meet a few times or more per year. Meetings take place in member's homes, local venues of interest, and virtually. There's a small additional  chapter membership fee per household to help fund meetings. If  you have a passion for automated musical instruments, whether  you own any or not, and are interested in joining a local  chapter, you're encouraged to contact the Chapter Officers in your  area to find out when/where their next meeting will be: you can  usually attend as a guest first too, to see what it's like! You will  meet other friendly people who share a common interest in  automatic musical instruments! Before joining a local Chapter, you  must first be a member of AMICA International. Visit our  Membership page for more information on joining!

MIDI Association Article, May 2021:
AR Pianist combines MIDI and AI to create virtual piano performances in your home

Massive Technologies App let's you experience interactive 3d piano concerts in AR and VR. It features;

  Multi pitch recognition: Can estimate pitch and extract chords from piano audio streams in realtime and convert into MIDI data.

  Object pose estimation: Estimate 3d position and orientation of real instruments from a photo and map into 3D space

  Motion synthesis and 3D Animation: Can synthesize novel and kinematically accurate 3D piano performance from audio files with full body motion and hand inverse kinematics with correct fingerings, hand positions, and complex hand crossover.

  Music notation rendering in 3D: Display music scores in 3D and inside virtual environments

 


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Automatic Musical Instrument Collectors' Association,
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