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 [...]

FEASt lecture online

November 16th, 2009

FEASt Festival 2009 @ Florida International University. If you were not able to attend the FEASt Festival at FIU, you can now download an enhanced podcast recording of my lecture.  The topic of the presentation was network-enabled coordination of laptop performance and featured the public debut of the MPG Carepackage. The patches involved can be [...]

FEASt MPG lecture

November 10th, 2009

FEASt Festival 2009 @ Florida International University. This weekend, I will be giving a lecture as part of the FEASt Festival on my work as music director of MPG. I will be introducing for the first time to a group outside of Stetson my MPG carepackage. This collection of abstractions makes it easy for our [...]

Teaching advanced musical concepts through multimedia performance

February 27th, 2009

CMS 2009 Southern Chapter Regional Conference @ University of Central Florida. ABSTRACT – Mobile Performance Group is a collaborative, multimedia project involving faculty and students from Stetson University’s Digital Arts program. The group’s primary mission is to find new ways of presenting art outside of traditional venues. Since 2004, MPG has fulfilled this objective by [...]

Pursuing NASM approval for an undergraduate music technology degree

November 20th, 2007

ATMI 2007 National Conference in Salt Lake City, UT. ABSTRACT – The National Association of Schools of Music (NASM) maintains a broad set of guidelines for music technology degrees. Even after assembling the required resources to establish such a degree program, applying for NASM approval can seem like a daunting task. This paper will discuss [...]

Discussion boards as a platform for sharing composition assignments

November 20th, 2007

CMS 2007 Pre-Conference Technology BootCamp in Salt Lake City, UT. ABSTRACT – Most learning management systems feature online discussion forums, allowing students and instructors to communicate asynchronously outside of class meetings. However, beyond their ability to exchange text messages, most also include the option of attaching small files to user posts. It has also become [...]

The Laptop Ensemble as Pedagogical Tool

November 6th, 2006

ICMC 2006 @ Tulane University. Co-Chairs: Nathan Wolek and Virgil Moorefield Additional Participants: Dan Trueman and James Harley ABSTRACT – The performing ensemble has a firmly established role in music education. In the music conservatory model, conventional acoustic groups such as the chamber orchestra provide students with the opportunity to apply musicianship skills that are [...]

Perceptually significant features of granular processing

June 8th, 2006

Xenakis Legacies Symposium hosted by the University of Guelph in Ontario, Canada. ABSTRACT – In Formalized Music (1963/1992), Iannis Xenakis proposed a method of using sonic grains to synthesize original sounds. His musical application of Gabor’s (1947) theory of “acoustical quanta” has since spawned a variety of electronic and computer music techniques chronicled by Curtis [...]

Exploring New Places for New Music

June 3rd, 2006

Royal Ontario Museum in Toronto, Canada.  Part of the soundaXis Festival 2006. This panel discussion on presenting music in unusual contexts was sponsored by the Canadian League of Composers.  I was asked to participate as a panelist based on my position as Music Director of Mobile Performance Group.  I spoke about our early performances of Parking [...]

Music technology in higher education: different models, common issues and future trends

October 2nd, 2003

ATMI 2003 National Conference in Miami, FL. Co-authored with Peter V. Swendsen. EXCERPT – Programs in music technology certainly have individual approaches to teaching their students, emphasizing different aspects of the field in their curriculum. However, the differences are magnified in part by the multiplicity names these departments and research centers use to identify themselves. [...]