Lab Questions, Fall 2014

Hey everyone-

A few questions have been coming up repeatedly, so I wanted to post a few notes here that might help you get back to work quicker:

1) STUDIO B PASSWORD– Studios C and D are set up so that when the computer restarts, it will automatically log you back in.  For whatever reason, Studio B’s computer has decided to do its own thing.  If you find yourself locked out of the Studio B computer, the password is written on the whiteboard behind the monitor.  You should be logging into studio user, not guest.

2) SOUND QUALITY ISSUES– Another frequent concert has been with sound quality (specifically, with stuttering and static).  The first thing to check is where your files were opened from.  When you start working, you should copy all of your files from the network (or from any other flash drive, etc. you might be using) to the Studio computer’s drive or desktop.  Just make sure to copy all of your work back to the network when you’re done!  If you’re working directly from the network or a flash drive, this is going to slow things down.

If this doesn’t solve your problem, the program or computer might just need to be rebooted.  As a reminder, these programs require a lot of computing power, and the computers have been in almost constant use the last few days.  So, please, please, please, shut any programs you’ve opened when you’re done.  If there is not someone waiting at the door to take over when you finish, please shut everything down.  David and I have walked into the rooms multiple times to find that everything has been left on overnight- this shouldn’t be happening.  If everyone’s a little bit more conscientious, it’ll help give the equipment some time to cool down and prevent further problems.

3) I can’t figure out what’s wrong and I’m wasting my much-needed studio time- If you can’t figure out the problem, and can’t get in touch with Professor Ernste, David, or myself quickly, please remember: the library lab is available for you to use during library hours! The same goes for if you run out of reserved studio time and want to keep working.

Hope this helps!


Cornell Cinema presents:

A Sneak Preview of the New Documentary

Elektro Moskva

Introduced by Trevor Pinch (Science & Technology Studies, Cornell)

Wednesday, September 24 at 7:15pm

Willard Straight Theatre

The film features rare archival footage, including the last 1993 interview with famed inventor Leon Theremin.

Watch a trailer at:

Directed by Dominik Spritzendorfer & Elena Tikhonova

Welcome to the weird and definitely wired world of avant garde rock musicians, DIY circuit benders, vodka-swilling dealers and urban archaeologists/collectors, all fascinated with obsolete Soviet-era electronic synthesizers that were the by-product of the KGB and Soviet military, created in the off-hours by scientist/inventors cobbling together spare transistors and wires. In Russian and English with English subtitles. Cosponsored with Science & Technology Studies and The History Center of Tompkins County.

1 hr 29 min

More at

Assignment 3: Due Thursday October 2nd

This assignment is, as announced in lecture, in two parts.

1. Choose a song or piece of music you know (or think you know!) well. Analyze the song in terms of its form and progression in time,  listening carefully to how its inner details might aid in this progression. What do you think makes the music tick? What makes it move forward? What are the instruments and/or sounds and how do they develop? Are there small details, momentary or otherwise unnoticed, that you thing are important?

The result should be a diagram, in letters or symbols, of the form of the music plus a brief verbal description. This need not be any more than a few paragraphs to a full page, describing what you perceive to be the driving factors in the music.

2. A short re-mix using the materials provided below, taken from This should not be a time-consuming exercise as many of the raw materials will work nicely with one another without effort, but consider the relationships not only of simultaneity but also in time. Think about the form as a compositional strategy: how could/should the music unfold?

Turn in the resulting WAV or AIFF audio file along with a brief description of your re-mix. Did you follow or attempt to follow a particular form? Or was the result serendipitous? If so, can you make some brief observations about the result?

Here are the links to download content:

Instrumental tracks

Vocal tracks

The original artist page on CCMixter is here.

These materials are available under a Creative Commons “Attribution / Non-commercial” license, meaning:

You are free to: “share”—-copy and redistribute the material in any medium or format, and “adapt”–remix, transform, and build upon the material. You must give appropriate credit, provide a link to the license, and indicate if changes were made. You may do so in any reasonable manner, but not in any way that suggests the licensor endorses you or your use. You may not use the material for commercial purposes.

question about assignments

Hi all,

Are assignments due any specific time on Thursdays, or just anytime before Friday?

Also, this may be a stupid question but how do you access work you saved on the Sound drive in one studio, from a different studio?



Class is CANCELED Today, September 16

Sorry for the short notice.  See everyone on Thursday!

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

About me post

Hello all,

My name is Cameron Niazi and I’m a biology major in the college of Arts and Sciences. Firstly, sorry to post this so late it completely slipped my mind until it was mentioned in class today. Anyways, the reason I’m taking this class is that I have been interested in electronic music production since middle school but have never had any formal teaching in the subject. I started making music back in middle school on garageband and have since switched to Ableton Live for pretty much all of my production needs as well as occasionally DJing parties. I also play the guitar decently well so if anyone else plays instruments and wants to jam hit me up!


About me

Sorry for posting this so late.

Well… My name is Han and I’m from South Korea.

I am a senior majoring in economics. I’m minoring in film, music, and business.

I’m taking this class to learn how to create some music for my films that I’m working on this semester.


I’m a percussionist and a composer. I play different kinds of drums from all around the world. Looking forward to working with lots of different musicians in this class.



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