New Horizons 2016

The EMWG presented a performance on their recent instruments: Opus 4.nhmf-2016-01

Opus 4 (2016)

Janelle Walker and Hunter Takamya, performance
Nicholas Gragg, synthesis
Brandon Haefner, laser/camera interface
Thomas Goodman, live image manipulation
Traix Heiden, Sebastian Quesada, mixing/support
Dr. Charles Gran, director

EMWG was established in 2013 by Dr. Gran. From the beginning the main focus of the group has been to provide an interdisciplinary experience for students interested in programming and music. Most projects have focused on synthesis instruments for live performance with results presented at Student Research Conferences. In 2014 the Group collaborated with the 3D Fabrication Task Force lead by Prof. Lily M. Lee in the creation of sculptural hardware and fabric controllers. This afternoon’s performance includes technologies developed using the music programming languages Pure Data and ChucK.

This performance included work prepared for the 2016 Student Research Conference.

SRC 2016

Electronic music using Pure Data
Thomas M. Goodman*, Nicholas L. Gragg, Brandon W. Haefner, Trung B. Nguyen, and Matthew C. Jones
Dr. Charles Gran, Faculty Mentor

The Electronic Music Working Group will be presenting two unique instruments and a graphics environment using Pure Data. The EMWG explores the various ways to create and react to music by tracking motion, synthesizing music in various ways, and create graphics that react to the music being played. The overall goal is to combine all three of these projects into a single working instrument. The instrument will be played using computers, keyboards, a MIDI controller, a projector and a video camera. We plan to use some traditional techniques combined with some new ones to create a unique and interesting performance with the instrument created.

Keywords: Electronic music, Pure Data, Graphics, MIDI, Music Synthesis

Topic(s):Computer Science, Music. Presentation Type: Performance Art

2015 Student Research Conference Presenation

Electronic Music using ChucK
Jonathan J. Deneke*, Dominic Fitzgerald, Minh Nguyen, Christine Schulz, Kevin Ou, Don Le, and Brandon Haefner
Dr. Charles Gran, Faculty Mentor

The Electronic Music Working Group demonstrates software synthesis instruments designed and created using the music programming language ChucK. The EMWG explores the various advantages of the language such as parallel programming, “live coding”, and a unified timing mechanism across various events. Using computers, keyboards, and MIDI controllers, instruments have been produced following traditional models such as additive synthesis and signal processing using Fourier analysis (FFT), as well as unique methods for adaptable music-tuning and an Android interface for use of the software over a network. The presentation will conclude with a performance.

Keywords: Electronic Music, ChucK, Music Synthesis, MIDI, Signal Processing

Topic(s):Computer Science

Presentation Type: Performance Art

Session: 3-1
Location: OP 2340
Time: 3:30


EMWG class of Fall 2014 begins


Chuck it!

Eight students signed on to the EMWG this year. Jonny Deneke retuns to the fold after a semester away. Dominic Fitzgerald and Charlie Ortmann continue after last semester’s pi triumph. They are joined by five (!) new students: Brandon Haefner, Minh Nguyen, Christine Schulz, Don Thanh Le, and Kevin Ou.

This year’s project will involve the new music programming language Chuck. It looks to be a really fun experience!

Join the EMWG Fall 2014

Dr. Gran is looking for students to work on this project in the Fall. Students can work for scholarship hours or just sign up for fun. It is also possible to do this as independent study if you want credit. Please contact Dr Gran if you are interested:

27th Annual Student Research Conference: Electronic Music Working Group collaborates with the 3D Fabrication Task Force

Sound Art: A creative collaboration combining mixed visual media and custom built electronic hardware and software
Zebadiah G. Yoko*, Steven Goldberg, Dominic J. Fitzgerald, Charlyn E. Ortmann, Mathew J. Kuehnle, Jessica C. Swopshire, Erica L. Klagues, Charles E. Cantrell, Shaili K. Patel, Kodey M. Springate, and Randy A. Soto
Dr. Charles Gran and Prof. Lily M. Lee, Faculty Mentors

Steven Goldberg sshing into the Pi.

Steven Goldberg sshing into the Pi.

The Electronic Music Working Group is a multiple year endeavor investigating unique musical opportunities. This year, we are collaborating with student artists under the direction of Professor Lee to create four objects that combine music and visual art and function as interactive, live musical instruments. These objects generate sounds via analog sensors connected to a Raspberry Pi computing device. The instruments consist of woven structures and metal forms and will be integrated with various sensors. One object primarily features an accelerometer for its input. Another uses light sensors on a metal form. The third consists of pressure sensitive conductive material on a woven form. The last receives audio input from a microphone. The sensory input is digitally processed using python. Using the sensory input, we have coded for thematically unified sounds to be produced from manipulation of the sensors and objects in real time.

Keywords: Electronic Music, Interactivity, Python, Raspberry Pi, Signal Processing, Studio Art, Sculpture, Fabrics

The EMWG and 3-D FTF, Spring 2014

The EMWG and 3-D FTF, Spring 2014

Computer Science
Presentation Type: Performance Art


Fall 2013 presentation

The Electronic Music Working Group
Fall 2013 presentation
Friday, December 6, 4pm-5pm, OP 2115
Sensors! Sound! Linux! Python!
A Raspberry Pi!
Music . . . almost!


Colleagues, Students,

The EMWG will be giving their semesterly presentation of work in electronic music.

Some of you have seen these presentations before, this one is a little different.  We are working on a year-long project to create a physical object, an art object, that will produce sounds in reaction to triggered sensors (sounds like an instrument, but it is meant to be . . . something else).  This semester the students are doing the research and are programming a little computer called a Raspberry Pi which has been hooked up to several sensors.  There is still a lot to do, so the presentation will be more narrative than in the past, but should be fun nonetheless. (Next semester we will be collaborating with Lily Lee in Art and some of her students in the creation of the object–should be great!)

The EMWG are: Steven Goldberg, Zebadiah Yoko, Jonny Deneke, and Jesse Pasley.

OP 2115, Friday December 6 4p-5p.  (The last day of classes)

Hope to see you there,
Dr. Gran