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Anyone looking for a project partner?

Hi everyone,

I’ve been thinking about ideas for the final project and was wondering if anyone out there wanted to team up with a saxophone player (me)?

 

-Jenae (mjl347)

Hi

Hey everyone,

My name’s Jenae and I’m a continuing education student. I have an associate’s in car repair, a bachelor’s in mechanical engineering and a minor in jazz performance, spent most of my career doing acoustics research and noise control in the automotive and mining fields, and now I’m studying music theory and a handful of other things to help me compose music and further explore the intersection between science and sound.

I mostly play alto sax these days, although I’ve played several other instruments as well (guitar, trumpet, piano, etc.) I’ve played in small combos and at the college level I was in the jazz, marching, and concert bands at Carnegie Mellon. At Cornell I’m currently in the Steel Band and the Improvisation Ensemble, and I’ve also played with the Gamelan ensemble in the past. I have experience using Live, ProTools, and Audacity, as well as commercial engineering acoustics analysis and manipulation packages like ArtemiS, PULSE, Pimento, etc. I really like building things and making funky sounds so I expect this course to be a lot of fun!

One artist that has inspired me ever since I heard his talk in Pittsburgh is Eric Singer, who makes musical robots. You can check out his webpage here: http://www.singerbots.com/

Another cool roboticist (with a less slick webpage) is Roger Dannenberg, who you may know better as one of the inventors of Audacity: http://www.cs.cmu.edu/~rbd/music/

I’m Jenae

Hey everyone,

I’m Jenae. I mostly play saxophone and guitar at the moment, but I like to collect and learn how to play whatever I can get my hands on, including trumpet, oud, swarsangam, may, fife, bodhran, etc etc. I’ve been interested in music and sound all of my life. My first time around in college I majored in Mechanical Engineering and minored in Jazz Performance, and spent most of my career in acoustics and noise control engineering. Now I want to get back more to my creative side and study composition. I am still interested in the technical side of things, so this course seems like a great fit for me.

From this course I’m hoping to get started in composition, learning some of the skills that can help me more easily get all of the music that’s in my head into a form that other people can work with/appreciate. I’m also hoping to learn some tools that will let me automatically generate music. I’m very interested in the intersection between music, science, technology, and psychology, and I plan to build what I learn here into some ideas I have that would combine these fields.

As far as performance experience, I have played in concert, marching, and jazz bands at the high school and collegiate level, and have had side bands that make up music out of thin air (completely improvised), or span a wide variety of genres (such as the avant-blues-indie-funk-classical-jazz band I had in college). I’ve also performed in the Cornell Improvisation Ensemble. I’m definitely interested in collaborating with/jamming with others.

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