Computer Music Finals

December 18th, 2010

It’s that time of year again. Yes, it is the holidays. BUT…it is also time for final projects from my Digital Arts students. The Fall 2010 crop of students in DIGA 461 Computer Music did a fantastic job exploring algorithmic composition via Max/MSP in their fourth and final project. They produced some creative projects and [...]

Senior Research: Eric Baum

December 11th, 2010

Eric Baum recently completed his senior research project for a BA in Digital Arts – Sound.  He decided to design and build a combination electric and bass guitar that he then enhanced with a variety of sensors.  He used the Teabox from Electrotap to manage his sensor connections and built a Max/MSP patch to allow [...]

Charlatan Interview

November 1st, 2010

On October 13, I received a random phone call in my office from Wyatt Danowski.  It seems he was looking for an expert in electronic music history and found me after some Google searching.  There was an upcoming electronic music festival in his region of Ottawa, Canada and he was writing a piece for his [...]

MPG Carepackage

April 13th, 2010

SEAMUS 2010 @ St. Cloud State University in Minnesota I just returned from several days at the Society for Electroacoustic Music in the United States National Conference.  In addition to hearing loads of new music, I gave a presentation on the MPG Carepackage.  This continues my efforts to get more people using this collection of [...]

Fuel Efficiency @ Hatter Halftime

March 5th, 2010

The athletics office here at Stetson called me up a while back and asked if anybody would be interested in doing a basketball halftime performance.  They asked for something unusual and unexpected.  I put together a special group called Fuel Efficiency: Nathan Wolek (laptop sequencing), Stephen Garza (guitar & loop effects), Patrick Sante (bass), Eric [...]

then I will be

February 5th, 2010

Spring 2010 New Music Concert: “Outside the Box” @ Lee Chapel, Stetson University in DeLand, FL.  Featuring Kristie Born on piano. This piece continues my exploration of the potential for laptops in chamber music settings.  The piano controls the momentum by choosing from among the musical materials on each page of the score, and in [...]

FMEA lecture online

January 7th, 2010

FMEA 2010 Clinic-Conference @ Tampa, FL My lecture from this year’s FMEA is now available for download.  The presentation highlighted how the media has helped propel the concept of the laptop as instrument into the public consciousness.  It concluded with some ideas on how K12 music educators can start to wrap their heads about the [...]

Laptop = Instrument?

January 5th, 2010

FMEA 2010 Clinic-Conference @ Tampa, FL On Thursday this week, I will be giving a lecture at the Florida Music Educators Association Annual Clinic-Conference.  This is the largest gathering of K12 music teachers in the state. My talk will cover: the media’s role in how the laptop came to be considered an instrument myths and stereotypes [...]