Author Archives: Kevinernste

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:

Screen Shot 2014-05-09 at 9.15.36 PM


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

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

Screen Shot 2014-05-09 at 9.18.35 PM


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

DIY Synthesizer Workshop

Graduate student Taylan Cihan, along with Professors Kevin Ernste and Trevor Pinch and in conjunction with the Tompkins County History Center’s celebration of Ithaca’s rich history with the Moog Synthesizer (Switched-On: The Birth of the Moog Synthesizer) presented a series of hands-on synthesizer building workshops.

The most recent workshop, given on on Saturday, April 12th, 2014, from 2:00 – 5:00 p.m, was open to all ages and skills. Participants left with a working synthesizer. The events were sponsored by Ithaca Underground and with support of Cornell Electroacoustic Music Center and Department of Science and Technology Studies.


Polyphonic 4093 NAND Synth (build project from 4/12 workshop)

Step-by-step instructions for breadboarding a polyphonic 4093 NAND synth with built-in amplifier and several modifications. This is a simple and fun project for those who would want to get their hands dirty with analog electronics for the first time or have very little experience. Having said that, it is possible to get highly interesting sonic results with the suggested modifications that appear mid-way through. This is a set of instructions that I have used in a public workshop that took place at the Tompkins History Centeron April 12 as a part of their ongoing exhibition, Switched-On: The Birth of the Moog Synthesizer

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.

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