“Composing’s one thing, performing’s another, listening’s a third. What can they have to do with each other?” —John Cage
My work as a composer and a computer music researcher creates new connections among composers, performers, and listeners, using technology to experiment with the ways in which music is created, performed, and heard.
Free Online Music Technology Course
I will be teaching a free online course in music technology through Coursera in the summer of 2013. In this survey course, we will learn to make music with digital audio workstation software, understand the theory and history behind music production tools, and write our own computer programs to make new music and sounds. There are no specific musical or technical prerequisites.
Enrollment is now open. Learn more and sign up…
Check out this short video about EarSketch, a research project designed to teach introductory computer science to high school students via computational music remixing.
I recently spoke at TedX Georgia Tech about my work. Here's a video of the presentation.
Journal and Conference Papers now available
My lab has published a flurry of conference and journal articles recently, and many of them are now available for download on this site. Check them out…
LOLC at ACM Creativity and Cognition
UrbanRemix At SONiC
In collaboration with the American Composers Orchestra and the SONiC Festival, UrbanRemix invites New Yorkers to record sounds around the city that have the essence of new music to you, or that are found at SONiC performances or near performance venues. Electronic musicians Sam Pluta and Jeff Snyder (exclusiveOr) will present a live performance based on the sounds you record on Friday, October 21, 2011 at 10 p.m. at Roulette. Details and tickets for the show at sonicfestival.org. Details on how to contribute your sounds at urbanremix.gatech.edu.
UrbanRemix In Times Square
In collaboration with the Times Square Alliance Public Art Program, UrbanRemix will host a series of events in Times Square. Throughout April and May 2011, the public is invited to capture and contribute sounds from Times Square using the free UrbanRemix apps for iPhone/iOS and Android. Then, using the web site, anyone-anywhere can explore the contributed sounds online, view them on a virtual map of Times Square, and mix and share their own soundscapes. On May 12, New York-based electronic musicians Travis Thatcher and Damon Holzborn will perform live remixes of the collected sounds in a free performance in Times Square.
More info on the UrbanRemix web site.
I wrote an opinion piece for The Score (a series about contemporary music on the New York Times web site) discussing my Piano Etudes and inviting readers to contribute their own versions. A subsequent post features videos of pianist Jenny Lin performing versions submitted by readers. Read the original post and the followup post.
Mauricio Kagel Prize
Piano Etudes on Performance Today
My Piano Etudes will be broadcast on public radio's classical music show, Performance Today, on January 15, 2010. The broadcast is of a performance by pianist Jenny Lin at Spivey Hall in Atlanta. Airing times vary with different public radio stations; check your local listings. Or you can also listen to the program at your convenience online. Click on the "listen" link for Hour 2 of the program; this piece starts about 32 minutes into the hour. The online stream is only available through January 22, 2010.) Happy listening!