Author Archives: Kevinernste

PD audio playback pactches from class

Please see attached, the examples from class on various methods for playing soundfiles in PD:

PD Patches download: audio_players

Listen to WikiPedia updates

Click here o listen to WikiPedia updates as musical tones:


Controllers from lecture

Osculator (with patches for Wiimote, Wacom, mobile/touchosc, guitar hero, etc):

Here are some links to controllers from lecture.

FaceOSC, BlinkOSC (including examples for PD, Live, and others):

BONUS: a graphical sequencer, Iannix…this will blow your mind 😉

Alex Kresovich

Former student of Professor Kevin Ernste (Music 1421: Introduction to Computer Music, and Music 2421: Computers in Music Performance) Alex Kresovich (aka “AK”) has made a growing career for himself as a producer including a new track, “Thorns”, on CeeLo Green‘s latest album.

CeeLo, Heart Blanche on iTunes

The song can be streamed on SoundCloud here:

Before that, among many notable accomplishments–and just as an indicator of his level of exposure. his track “Cold War” has received nearly 2 million listens on SoundCloud since it’s release there in February.

He was recently interviewed here:
ASCAP Interview with Producer Alex Kresovich

Here, too, for fun is his original Music 1421 “Assignment 0” class blog introduction (old website):

Materials from today

John Chowning’s original paper on FM synthesis

Chowning’s own work, Stria, using the Golden Mean as the carrier/modulator ratio

Also interesting and relevant to the listening, Chowning’s paper on the perception of sounds moving ins space, including Doppler shifting and other effects.

Thursday meetings reminder

This Thursday, October 1st, our lab session will meet in Lincoln Hall B27. Next Thursday will be in Lincoln Hall B21 as sections, time to share your first semester projects with each other. – KE

Assignment #3 details now live

Assignment #3 is now officially online, as discussed and previewed on Tuesday in lecture (#1, analyzing a song you like) and practiced in labs (#2, re-mixing from existing song “stems”).

Samples from NASA’s Voyager online

Samples from the Voyager Spacecraft’s Golden Record (launched from earth in 1997), containing dozens of Earth sounds and greetings (as well as music) is now available on Sound Cloud:


The collection was originally curated by Cornell’s own Carl Sagan. Enjoy!

Some materials from today’s lecture

You will note the video I posted of the Varese, below. In addition, I welcome you to listen to several other historical works mentioned today in our lecture on musique concrète, elektronische musik, and the unification or rejection of these idea(l)s in later works, such as Verese’s Poem…

Represented below are 1). Pierre Schaeffer’s earliest example of musique concrète, the first piece from his Cinq études de bruits (“Five noise studies”),1948, titled Étude aux chemins de fer (“Railway Study), 2.) An example of Elektronische Musik by Karlheinz Stockhausen, his own “Study I” from 1953, and 3) Stockhausen’s later “classic” work, Gesang der Jünglinge (literally “Song of the Youths”), 1956, his setting of the Biblical story in The Book of Daniel where Nebuchadnezzar throws Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego into a fiery furnace but they are miraculously unharmed.


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