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Jasmine is a Music major in the College of Arts and Sciences. Her hobbies include knitting, gardening, hiking, and reading every one of Tolkien's works. She is a huge fan of the fantasy genre, and it has made a huge impact on her musical tastes.
One of her favorite things to research is the music of the so-called 'geek' culture, particularly in fantasy films, MMORPGs and FPS games, which contain some of her favorite music, or are heavily influenced by her favorite composers. When she grows up, she wants to compose music for movies and video games, and she hopes this course will help her learn the ropes.

Today’s DIY workshop

Since we were such a small class today, I decided to document for all the people that missed it. It being the glorious world of DIY electronics and Arduino synth kits. Anywho, I’ve got plenty of pictures, so if you want to tell all your friends about that cool things you did in class today, now you have photographic evidence. Enjoy!

DIY is beautiful!


More PD patches!


Here’s my part of the PD patch for our violin-tastic performance. It’s basically a tiny computer-playground. Just start hitting buttons and moving sliders to see what happens. Or you can be a square and follow the performance agenda in my subpatch pd how-to-play. It’s your call.

Valar Dohaeris,



Okay, so I highly doubt that everyone in our class likes Game of Thrones, but I’m going to post this anyways, because it’s (technically) relevant to our studies. Check out this dude’s setup, and of course, the remix. And if you like Game of Thrones, nerd out as much as I did, if not more.

Valar Morghulis,


Project One

We ran out of time during section, and it’s too large to directly upload to this blog, so here’s my piece for Project One:

Perhaps ‘Sturm und Drang’ might be a bit much, but I think the thunderstorm sounds justify the dramatic title. Also, I couldn’t think of anything else, so there.

I got the following tracks from Trifonic: vocals, “ambiance”, synth strings, bass, kick, and guitar. I found recording of a thunderstorm on the sound library–thank you, Dave Welsh! I found a track called “breath” that featured two raspy breaths in quick succession. I used those as a sort of heartbeat at the start and end of the piece. I don’t know whose track that is, but thank you, and feel free to comment on this post and take credit; that track was really cool, so you definitely deserve it.

There’s also a pulsating drone throughout. I used drumsticks and chopsticks and recorded myself running the sticks across the keyboards (the one for the iMac, the Yamaha keyboard and the MIDI input device). That track was originally supposed to be rain, but I put resonators on it (Valhalla and Rome, I think), and really liked the sound, so I removed the percussive attacks and made it unrecognizable by adding more reverb. I really like reverb. And resonators. Resonators are cool.

Let me know what you think!

Hello, World!

My name is Jasmine Edison, and I am a Music major in Arts and Sciences. My favorite things include chocolate, hiking trips, horseback riding, really thick fantasy novels, the films that are adapted from them, and the soundtracks from those films–especially the soundtracks. In fact, my main motivation for taking this course is to learn how those soundtracks are made. I am a classically trained violinist, so the technical side of things will be an eye-opening experience for me. I can’t wait to get started!

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