Overall, it was a very large conference in a spectacular setting. It was great to catch up on the work that so many people are doing during the day, then steal away for a few hours to take in the amazing landmarks around the city. Certainly one of the most memorable conferences I have ever attended!
Panorama from top of Areopagus, with Parthenon looming above on the right.
This summer, I returned to online teaching for Stetson with CSCI 111Q Intro to Computing. This course uses Processing to introduce fundamental programming concepts and is required of all Digital Arts majors at Stetson. I enjoyed the opportunity to review these concepts myself and get my feet wet with Processing, which I now find to be a fun and fast language for visual prototyping.
For the final project, students produced versions of Spacewar!, a classic computer game with a lot of moving parts. We broke it down to individual components and built the game step by step during the seven week summer semester. The video below shows game play from each completed project:
Spring 2014 gave me the chance to teach Audio Recording and Production 2 again. Although it was not during the summer like last time, I decided to keep the album challenge intact. With a much larger class this time, we were able to break into five groups working on five albums! Although there were some tense moments, each group turned in over 30 minutes of new music by the end of the semester. It’s really amazing how much music can be made if you just get to work.
The genres range from hip-hop to house to rockabilly to sea shanties, sometimes within the same album. You can download their MP3 or M4A albums at the links below and import them into your iTunes library. Listen and enjoy!
Evolution of Hip Hop (WARNING explicit lyrics) – produced by Robert Conte, Stephanie Rendell, Hallie Plunkett & Brinson Swann download ZIP archive – 48.7 MB – 10 tracks, 39 minutes
Fusion – produced by Aidan Marsicovetere, Dillon Moore, Maurie Murray, Joe Palermo & Victoria Williams download ZIP archive – 72.2 MB – 9 tracks, 33 minutes
(Kol)Las is Moore – produced by Paul Kollas & Trey Moore download ZIP archive – 51 MB – 12 tracks, 36 minutes
Soup Dat Sop – produced by Kevin Dull, Rich Fendler, Chad Grenier & JP Menegolo download ZIP archive – 81.5 MB – 11 tracks, 39 minutes
The Vans Bros (What’s the album called?) – produced by Matt Forkas, Ben Griffith, Thomas Ingui & Tavish Papp download ZIP archive – 87.1 MB – 10 tracks, 44 minutes
This year during Stetson’s spring break, I was happy to have the opportunity to return to Bergen. Although it was a special treat to return to Norway, the trip’s purpose was to participate in another Jamoma developers workshop. During our 6 days working at BEK, we resolved a number of issues that will get us closer to a version 0.6 release. In addition, we discussed improvements to our own workflow at great length, including the build scripts and integrated unit testing.
Over the last few months, a few of the other Jamoma developers and myself have been collaborating on a new way to automate unit testing. I recently completed a blog post that details how it works and the benefits this new system provides to our workflow. Please head over to the Jamoma blog and read about it.
Xcode 5 says my userCount didn’t match expectations.
Once again, students in DIGA 361: Audio Recording & Production gathered their best tracks into a compilation to share with listeners via the web. Our MP3 mixtape for 2013 features acoustic singer-songwriters, electronic dance music, and straight up garage rock. These diverse musical styles help to showcases all of the ways sound studio and DAW skills can be put to use.
In early June, I traveled to Albi France for a Jamoma developers workshop hosted by GMEA. It was certainly good to see old friends and make new ones while we discussed future plans for the project, worked intensely on the code and learned about how each other is applying it to creative work. Some of the highlights for me (besides the cuisine) included:
This spring semester, I wanted to do something different with my Computer Music 2 course. I had seen the workshops that L2Ork did at their local Boys & Girls Club and thought it was an idea worth replicating. Transitioning from Mac to Ubuntu was a task unto itself for my students, but in the end they learned so much by installing and configuring the pd-l2ork software. It was also very rewarding to see them teaching kids at our local Boys & Girls club about sound synthesis and hardware controllers.
The following video gives an overview of the project and our results:
The Professional Development Committee at Stetson sponsors a regular roundtable series in which faculty present recent scholarly work to their peers at the university. Since I had just returned from spending my sabbatical in Norway as a Fulbright Scholar, I offered to talk at the February 22 meeting about my experience and the research I completed while there. My colleagues gave me a lot of positive feedback and I hope my experience will encourage others to apply to the Fulbright program in the future.
While travelling in Europe, I felt compelled to shoot video out the window as a means of capturing the sensation of motion from these various modes of transportation. I am not quite sure what I will eventually do with these creatively, but in the meantime I am assigning these videos as inspiration for a sound design assignment that my students must tackle in the coming weeks. I figured that I could also at the same time turn over this material to the larger web community via a Creative Commons license.
These eight videos (all one minute, no sound) are now available through the following links: