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Taylan Cihan’s custom electronic instruments

Profile, Taylan Cihan

Taylan Cihan, in performance

UPDATE: With profound sadness, I relay that Taylan Cihan, whose research and development at CEMC is featured below, has passed away–October 8th 2014. His instruments remain at the Center and are planned to be used as part of SoundLab, a DIY electronics initiative at Cornell that Taylan himself was, at the time of his death, working to implement.


Composition graduate student Tayan Cihan (DMA anticipated 2015) has developed a series of instruments at CEMC, primarily for his own use in live performances with the Cornell Avant Garde Ensemble (CAGE) and elsewhere. Each contributes to a continuously developing modular performance system, operating individually or generating layers within a collective. Below is a gallery of several of these instruments, created 0ver the last several years at CEMC.

Each instruments represents hundreds of hours of design and implementation, ranging from purely electronic circuitry through Arduino-based (open hardware) digital/analog hybrid devices, and onto integrated analog-digital mechanisms where computer and analog hardware are sharing, listening, and modifying on another. His endeavor with these devices is technical, practical, sonic, and aesthetic.

Further devices, complete instrument details, schematics, design rationale, sounds, video, and software code (where applicable) can be found on Taylan’s personal website.

Cornell LadyFest, 2014

Ladyfest Cornell – April 11, 2015 at the Schwartz Center

This year marks the first ever Ladyfest Cornell, a one day festival of performance, activism, music, and film that will feature original works by women and LGBTQ Cornell students. We are currently seeking proposals from interested students. For more information and the proposal form, please visit:

Proposals are due October 15th. Questions can be emailed to Annie Lewandowski, Lecturer in Music.

Early electronic music, links

Here are some materials related to this morning’s lecture on various currents in early electronic music:

The Futurists

Marinetti’s Futurust Manefesto (1909), the philosophical foundations of Futurism

Russolo’s Intonarumori (noise instruments) in an exhibition and in performance.

Mechanical and early electronic instruments

Thaddeus Cahill’s Telharmonium (1906)

George Antheil’s Ballet Mecanique (1924) — also a version at the National Gallery showing instruments.

The Theremin, played by Clara Rockmore (virtuosi)

Musique concrète

Pierre Schaeffer – “Etude aux Chemins de Fer”

Pierre Schaeffer and Pierre Henry’s Symphony for a Man Alone, Mvt. 1:  Prossopopeé I

Elektronische Musik

Karlheinz Stockhausen’s Studie I (1953)

Karlheinz Stockhausen: Gesang der Jünglinge (1955/1956)

Varese and the Phillips Pavilion

Details on the building itself, images and descriptions of the work

Some further background, images, and virtual video

Poème électronique (1958), with video “overlay”

Marc Treib’s Space Calculated in Seconds, a book on the piece

Deatils on the “Vitual Electronic Poem Project“, a contemporary realization

Editing and Saving with Audacity

Below is a brief video tutorial for editing and saving with Audacity. These basic steps will help you in completing the early assignments in this Music 1421.

Editing and Saving Audio Files with Audacity

Studio Access delay

It seems the studio access data did not go into the doors on Friday as planned! I’m not sure what happened but it cannot be corrected until Monday morning (Labor Day!!) Tuesday Morning. I have updated the due date for Assignment #1, pushing it back to next Tuesday the 9th instead of this Thursday the 2nd.

My apologies for the delay!

Professor Ernste

If the Network Drive is unavailable

1. Click anywhere on the Desktop

2. Visit the “Go” menu, “Connect to Server…”

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3. The dialog box that opens will already contain the correct IP address (ends in …245), just click “Connect”.

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4. Choose the user “Guest”.

5. You will see two disk “mounts”: Music_1421 (our Assignments and Project drive) and Temporary_files (to relay data). Please mount both and use each as you need.

The Network Drive mount points will then appear on the Desktop.

Studio signup reminder

To sign up for a studio time on the course website, log in with the username you created. Then:

1. Go to “Studios” and click on “Sign up for studio times —>”

2. Choose a studio to sign up for from the drop-down menu.

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Note that at the top of this signup page, you will also see a list of your current bookings, if any. Here you can cancel times that you no longer need, important as a courtesy to you colleagues.

3. Click on a desired time slot and confirm it. The schedule defaults to showing the current week and the following week, but you can navigate to future calendars as you like.

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Concert Order

Concert order for tomorrow is as follows. The letters indicate the computer assignment, machines from Studios C and D, respectively. The D machine will host the 88-key keyboard. OL = own laptop (running at a third station). Larger setups and those with multiple computers usually appear first after intermission.

I look forward to to tomorrow and to a smooth concert. If you have any remaining concerns, please let us know.

1. Wei Ning Nicole Liang – C
2. Claire Straus  – D
3. Andrew Huang  – C
4. Eileen Ceconi – D
5. Stephanie Grant  – C
6. Matt Miller – D
7. Valeryan Besselyanov  – C
8. Jil Sanchez – D
9. Sylvia Zhao  – C
10. Jonathan Wu – D
11. Michael Ndubuisi – OL


12. Julia Klein, Nate Goldman, and James Rainis – OL (+)
13. Adam David & Shah Ahmed  – C
14. Justin Wang – D
15. Andre Anderson video piece (postponed)
16. Ray Kim – OL
17. Zach Anderson – D
18. Kelvin Jin – OL
19. Jeff Setter – – C 
20.Jacob Lifton – D 
22. Austin Taylor – OL
22. Jevon Yu – D


23. Matthew Joe – OL
24. Theresa Anoje  – C
25. Keima Udoka & Michelle Chang – OL
26. Jun-Kyo Seo – D
27. Daniel Carpenter – C
28. Kai Keane – OL
29. Thomas Owens  D & OL

Sound Checks

Below are the sound check times for tomorrow. If you do not need this time or can’t make your time slot, please let me know as soon as possible. And if a time is not listed for you and you’d like to check in, please stop by from 9:30 to 2 and we will try to fit you in. Or feel free to email me still this evening.

Andrew Huang — 9:30
Eileen Ceconi — 9:40
Stephanie Grant — 9:50
Valeryan Besselyanov — 10am
Jil Sanchez — 10:10
Sylvia Zhao — 10:20
Jonathan Wu — 10:30
Julia Klein, Nate Goldman, and James Rainis — 10:40
Steven Bell — 11am
Jacob Lifton — 11:20
Ray Kim — 11:30
Kevin Nielsen Garcia — 11:40
Kelvin Jin — 11:50
Adam David & Shah Ahmed — 12 noon
Zach Anderson — 12:10
Michael Ndubuisi 12:30
Jevon Yu — 12:40
Matthew Joe & Austin Opatrny 12:50
Theresa Anoje 1:10
Keima Udoka & Michelle Chang 1:20
Thomas Owens 1:40

PD patch examples from class

1. Various ways of playing files in PD:

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1.playing_audiofiles (PD patch, right-click and save)

2. A Beat Slicer (using player ideas from above)

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8.Beat-Slicer (PD patch as ZIP, including example audio)

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