Laptop Ensemble - March CCAM Concert

Here is a link to a concert review from the Yale Laptop Ensemble’s March concert with guest composer Jeff Snyder.  The concert featured pieces by Jeff Synder, Konrad Kaczmarek, and Ross Wightman performed by the undergraduate ensemble.

Ross also interviewed Jeff as part of CCAM’s Sound Art Series:

Laptop Ensemble Rehearsals (Fall 2017)

In the first video, students from Music 231: Laptop Ensemble prepare for a performance using sample-based digitial instruments.  As part of an assignment, each student created thier own individual instrument using sounds they had recorded, and then worked collaboratively to make a short composition and accompanying score.

OMI Arduino Motor Workshop

Here’s a quick video from last Friday afternoon’s OMI workshop, where we looked into using an arduino/Teensy microcontroller to drive a stepper motor.  We found that using one of the external libraries (AccelStepper), you can control the speed of the motor in steps/second, which corresponds to the frequency of the audible sound that the motor generates as it turns.  This sound can be acoustically amplified by holding the motor up against something that resonates - like the top of a desk or an acoustic guitar body - or electromagnetically using a guitar pickup or telephone tap.

Acoustics and Instrument Building - Round II

MUSI 371 / ENAS 344 Musical Acoustics and Instrument Design is back in full swing for the spring 2016 semester.  In case you missed us last time, here are links to an article and video describing the concept behind the class:

Musical Acoustics and Instrument Building

We are offering a new course this semester in musical acoustics and instrument design, ENAS 344/MUSI 371.

The class meets in the Center for Engineering Innovation and Design (CEID), and is being co-taught by myself and Larry Wilen, from Engineering and Applied Science.

Check out the course website for more information!

Music 295a: Electronic Dance Music!

Music 295a: Electronic Dance Music has now begun!  The class is a survey of the aesthetic and historical developments in the essential techniques of synthesis, sampling, MIDI sequencing, and digital mixing and production. It focuses on the evolving genres of electronic dance music, including remixing, ambient, drum and bass, dub-step, hip-hop, house, techno, trance, and trap. Students create their own remixes which they must perform in class.  Check it out!

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