Author Archives: Kevinernste

Running Reason on CEMC systems

Reason (and Record) software is authorized on CEMC systems via a network licensing scheme. When you start Reason for the first time during your session, you will see a window, as below, asking you to authorize your use of Reason/Record.

Choose “Run with Multi License”.


Once open, I recommend using the CEMC Default template for new projects. Choose “File–>New from Template–>CEMC Default.”


Listening: Wendy Carlos

Thanks, all, for a nice day of sharing and discussion.

As a fun post-project “assignment”, please listen to the music from A Clockwork Orange (Stanley Kubrick), created using Moog Synthesizers. These pieces, like all of Carlos’s work, were meticulously constructed, “orchestrated”, and realized, sometimes note by note.

Realization of Beethoven’s 9th symphony (Movement #4):

Realization of Henry Purcell’s Music for the funeral of Queen Mary
–> Note that this video presents the version presented in the film’s introduction. It’s slightly “NSFW” and is not intended to endorse the film, just to present the music.

And the best for last, an excerpt from Timesteps.

Timesteps (original piece):

If you dig around for others, be careful, there are many “imposter” versions of these and similar pieces realized from a MIDI file with a low-quality synthesizer “presets”!

Ray Li and SoundSpace opportunity

From Ray Li who visited Music 1421 with his “SoundSpace” interface:

Dear Musicians,

We are currently developing a gestural musical interface for live performance, called “SoundSpace.” Our interface consists of several motion-based musical instruments, as well as the ability to record and manipulate loops of these instruments. One of the instruments from SoundSpace is “The Aura,” of which you can see a video here:

SoundSpace will be showcased in a concert on Saturday, May 3rd at 7pm in Bailey Hall. We are seeking a musician to perform with the gloves at this event. We encourage all interested musicians to apply, though candidates with the following qualifications will be favored in our selection process:

1. Ability to quickly learn new instruments.
2. Ability to commit the necessary amount of practice time, esp. in the 3 weeks prior to the event.
3. Proficiency in multiple instruments, preferably including percussion, vocals, and some continuously-pitched instrument.
4. Preferably, experience with live looping

If you are interested in performing with the gloves, please send an email to RL396 AT by Friday, March 7th with the following:

1. A video (or two) which you believe best showcases your musicianship. If you have experience with live looping, please send an example of this.
2. A paragraph (or two) about your musical background, musical tastes (esp. electronic artists), and why you would like to perform with the gloves.

We look forward to hearing from you!

Ray Li

Network Drive problem

The Network Drive problem has been fixed in all studios. With it having been offline, please take an extra day to hand in this first assignment. You can access the drive from any of the three studio computers. If it is ever offline again, see the FAQ for how to mount it…very easy to do.

Studio B hand-in troubles

There appears to be a problem in Studio B (B25B) with seeing the Network Drive. Since the files for this first assignment are, for the most part, very short, it should be fine to attach or send them to me and/or you TA directly, just this once (see our email addresses on the class syllabus). To those working in other studios, please do hand-in your results normally as described in the assignment description.

We will fix the problem as soon as possible! Thanks to those of you who let me know.

Registration closed

NOTE: New user registrations can be requested via the Contact page as the open registration period for the Spring semester is now closed in order to inhibit SPAM.

Studio signup

A brief reminder tutorial for studio signup has been posted in the site FAQ. If you have further trouble, please ask.

Lecture 1 links online in “Class Materials”

Hello all,

The links and reference materials I mentioned as follow-ons to this morning’s lecture are online in the “Class Materials” section (found above under “Courses–Music1421…”). You will see these class-related posts only when you are logged in.


Lecture 1: Digital audio fundamentals

Following up on today’s lecture (1/28/13), here are some links of potential interest:


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