Intel Galileo

Thanks to a donation from Intel, my Interactive Media Design II class is about to receive 5 Intel Galileo boards! Commence hacking…

Class Blogs

I have 2 class blogs for my Winter 2014 classes:

Electronic Chamber Music:

Interactive Media Design II:

You may notice some similarities in the look and feel of each…

Anagram Norton – Shine

Check out Shine, by Michael McCrindle, a.k.a. Anagram Norton. The EP was his Performing Arts Technology Senior Thesis project, and as his advisor, I’d like to think I’m the executive producer of sorts.


Check out Sang Lee’s awesome take on the classic Simon game for my PAT 451/551 Interactive Media Design class. Can’t wait to see what else these guys and gals have in store!

CCRMA Summer Workshop 2013

I’ll be co-teaching a workshop on New Music Controllers with Ed Berdahl at CCRMA, Stanford University from August 12-16. Places are still available!

Performances in Colombia

As a part of the Videosónica festival held in conjunction with the Diseño+ conference, I performed in a telematic concert of electroacoustic music on October 26, 2012. The concert featured performers in Cali and at Stanford University in California, joined by Stephen Rush’s Digital Music Ensemble in Ann Arbor. Although separated geographically, the performers were able to play together, supported by experimental technologies to deliver high-quality digital audio at low latency over dedicated research networks. This 3-way telematic concert was a first for Colombia as well as the University of Michigan.

The following night, I closed the festival performing a new realization of John Cage’s Rozart Mix in honor of the composer’s centennial. My gracious host Daniel Gomez took me on an adventure to find junk boomboxes and old cassette tapes to use as material for the performance.

Diseño+ 2012

On October 25, 2012 I delivered the opening keynote address at the Diseño+ conference in Cali, Colombia. The conference was the 5th International Meeting of Research in Design, a South American gathering of researchers in diverse areas of design, with a particular emphasis on music technology. My keynote explored the co-evolution of experimental music practice and electronic musical instruments, highlighting his recent research into the development of skill and style with digital musical instruments.

Music + Mushrooms II

On November 4, 2012, I led members of my PAT 101 class, and Prof. Tim James’s mycology lab — “The Mycotics” — on a mushroom foray in honor of John Cage’s 100th birthday. Cage was a friend of the late renowned UMich mycologist Alexander Smith and discussed foraging for mushrooms in the woods around Ann Arbor with Smith in his writings. What better way to honor him?

The Mycotics provided texts about mushrooms, which we used as the basis for musique concrète compositions. Fragments of these compositions were played on boomboxes and texts were read aloud according a score that used mushroom spore prints to generate event choices and timings.

Cage-Audio.wav (8.2MB)

Piano Phase Phone

I helped the students of the University of Michigan Digital Music Ensemble hack a rotary dial phone for their performance of Robert Ashley’s In Memoriam… Kit Carson. During one rehearsal, I heard Steve Rush say that he considered Ashley to be a minimalist like Reich and Riley. There was an extra phone lying around, and this gave me an idea:

(Apologies for the poor video quality, I only had my mobile phone around to record it.)

Workshop on NIME Education @ NIME 2011

I will be running a workshop on Education in NIME at NIME 2011on May 29, 2011, along with my colleague Ben Knapp and Sergi Jorda from the Music Technology Group UPF in Barcelona. More information is available at: