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Spring 2018

2018 Spring Symposium: Study in Sound; Speaker Series: Alex Patsavas; Music Therapy Conference; Masterclass: “Where Should We Begin…and will I ever get this right?” with Jesse Baker; Visiting Speaker: Tom Myers; Performance: Jana Winderen

Winter 2018

Visiting Speaker: David LoweryDavid Lowery discussed the contemporary music industry and artists’ rights in the digital age as a special guest in Professor Jacob Smith’s course “History of the Recording Industry” on March 1, 2018. Lowery is a musician, producer, entrepreneur, and artists’ rights advocate. He founded the critically acclaimed bands Camper Van Beethoven and

Fall 2017

NEH GrantIn December 2017 Sound Arts and Industries associate director Neil Verma was awarded a Digital Humanities Advancement Grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities, along with Marit MacArthur of University of California, Davis and Mara Mills of New York University. The grant is to develop a set of digital tools for studying archival

Spring 2017

Speaker Series: Harmonix Music SystemsSteve Pardo, Senior Sound Designer and Lead Composer at Harmonix Music Systems, discussed sound design and music systems for digital games and shared insights about the future of the industry as part of the MA in Sound Arts and Industries Speaker Series on May 18, 2017 in the Northwestern Soundstage. Students

Winter 2017

Workshop: Experimental Sound StudioMA in Sound Arts and Industries students attended an experiential workshop on circuit bending at Experimental Sound Studio on March 3, 2017. The students transformed sound-making toys into musical instruments while exploring eclectic performance and installation concepts. The workshop was also featured in our January 26, 2017 blog post. Scientific American ArticleNina Kraus

Fall 2016

NewMusicUSA GrantStephan Moore’s collaborative group with choreographer Yanira Castro, A Canari Torsi, was awarded a grant from NewMusicUSA for their triple-commission piece CAST/STAGE/AUTHOR. The project featured fifteen audio and video recordings engaging fifteen NYC performers responding to conversations about the act of performing and casting. More information can be found on New Music USANina Kraus

Spring 2016

Nina Kraus on NPRNina Kraus was featured on National Public Radio in a July 22, 2016 segment weaving together two areas of her lab’s work: a new literacy test for children that can be taken before they have the ability to read and the discovery that learning how to play a musical instrument can improve

Winter 2016

Conference for Research on Choreographic InterfacesAt the Conference for Research on Choreographic Interfaces, Stephan Moore showed Performance Portrait: Live as well as a new work Chorus for Untrained Operator, which he made in collaboration with artist Peter Bussigel. The conference was March 4 and 5, 2016 at Brown University.Performance Portrait: LiveStephan Moore created the interaction

Fall 2015

2015 Falling Walls ConferenceNina Kraus was a speaker at the prestigious Falling Walls Conference in Berlin on November 9, 2015. Her presentation covered how learning to play a musical instrument or to speak another language can improve the brain’s ability to make sense of sound, and how that information can be used to offset learning

Summer 2015

New BookA new book by Sound Arts and Industries Director Jacob Smith was recently published by the University of California Press. The book, entitled, Eco-Sonic Media, examines the history of sound media technologies through an ecological lens.New Virtual Sound RoomA state-of-the-art virtual sound room opened at the Center for Audiology, Speech, Language, and Learning at