Assignment 0: Robby Huang

Hi everyone, I am Robby, an Electrical and Computer Engineering senior. I like singing, playing guitar, and listening to a wide range of music. I wrote songs/lyrics, sang them, and uploaded them to music apps. Though I enjoyed those amateur compositions, I hope to receive more professional training in music composition and learn how to employ the basic tools. As an engineer, I can quickly prototype and bring my unique ideas into reality. It would be great if I could collaborate with someone who has a stronger music background than me while also like hands-on work. I like “quieter” music. A random project idea is that I would like to hardness sounds from nature to make songs that provide people a grand/sublime feeling.

Assignment 0: Sunwook Kim

Hi everyone, I’m Sunwook and I’m a senior studying computer science! I like singing and playing the piano, and I’ve started playing the guitar from about two years ago. I’m taking this course first to have fun, because these kind of classes give a chance to interact with other people who also like music, and that’s always been fun for me. Another reason I’m taking this is to gain a hands-on experience in using computer for music and hopefully produce my own music in the future. I like music because it helps me explore and amplify various emotions, and for that reason I listen to any genre of music as long as it makes me feel something. But I think I’m partial to songs with some vocal in it probably because I like to sing. I’d love to collaborate with anyone who could use a vocal!

Assignment 0: Aidan Hobler

Hey everyone! I’m actually on the wait list for this class right now, but I’m going to make a blog post anyway. I’m an undergrad senior majoring in Computer Science and minoring in Game Design. I don’t have much musical background — I’ve played a little bit of guitar, and composed some short chiptunes for games that I’ve worked on in my free time. I’m hoping to get into this class and have the opportunity to get acquainted with more sophisticated tools for producing music, so that I can compose songs for my future games on my own. I’ve always found that the most impactful video games have a great soundtrack.

Assignment 0: Rose Zhou

Hi everyone, I’m a senior Computer Science major minoring in game design and psychology. I’ve played piano and acoustic guitar, and now I’m trying to learn to play electric guitar. My favorite genre of music is EDM and I also loved Madeon’s Pop Culture video, so I’ve always wanted to take this class and learn more about computer music! In the end, I hope I can learn how to compose and perform too.

Assignment 0: Frank Zhang

Hi my name is Frank Zhang and I am a senior in Electrical & Computer Engineering. My major background means that I am familiar with the electrical & electronics aspects such as circuits, signal processing, etc. I also play violin. I am open to collaboration so if anyone is interested feel free to reach out to me!

Assignment 0: Cindy Zhang

Hello everyone!

My name is Cindy, and nice to meet you all in this course!

I am a second-year Master in Information Science. Being an amateur in music, I like playing the piano, and especially likes to search for the piano versions of the songs I like. While listening to music, I would always think about the way to interpret it only by piano in order to keep the original patterns of the music as well as adding on the unique characteristics of piano. I have made several piano version sheets for my favorite music using Musescore. The experience of polishing my composition is really enjoyable.

I found that this course is mainly about learning music synthesis and composition. Taking this course, I am looking forward to getting to know how to use digital music softwares and tools such as launch pad, which is a completely new area for me. I hope I could gain inspirations not only in transferring songs to piano versions, but also creating my own rhythm and composition with various instruments or resources. I am also excited to learn from everyone, to know their favorite and advanced areas, and make friends with people with same interest.

Again, I’m happy to meet everyone, and hope we could have a great time exploring computer music!


Assignment 0: Amy Wang

Hello! My name is Amy, and I’m a computer science major who’s also minoring in music. In my free time, I enjoy playing the flute and making acoustic tracks with Reaper, but I have very little experience making more “experimental” or digital music. Hopefully this course can push me outside my comfort zone and help me gain a better mastery of DAWs and editing software in general. I also want to learn to use different hardware and equipment. Open to collaborating!

Assignment 0: Mark Mahoney

Hi all! My name’s Mark, and I’m very excited to get to know you and your music over the course of this semester.

I’m a second-year PhD student in musicology with an interest in experimental and improvised music. I have a bit of experience with pen-and-paper composition, and dealing with analog sound (I ran tech for shows at a small non-profit in Chicago prior to returning to school), but have virtually no hands-on experience with digital music-making practices.

I’m also very excited just to have a reason to make some music again – as someone who usually creates music in improvised contexts with others (mostly on brass instruments and sometimes keyboards), the pandemic was very isolating!

My primary goals for the course are to develop some basic facility working with DAWs and other tools, and to experiment with what’s possible. Elastic Arts, my old workplace, currently has a 16-speaker system for electroacoustic music installed, so if I’m feeling ambitious I may try to create something which I could play over that system. I’m very open to collaboration and can’t wait to hear what emerges from this class.


Thank you all for telling this story with us! It was a lot of fun! Here’s an image of the story flowchart (small green numbers are the poll numbers). The darker in color a box is, the darker that path was. If you want a higher quality version, you can access it at the link here:

Music 1421 Final Performance, concert order

Our performance will be tomorrow evening, December 19th, at 5pm. Each of the three “sets” below should take around an hour each (roughly 5pm, 6pm, 7pm start times).

Please be prepared well in advance of your performance … I recommend arriving with everything set to go on your end, ready to stream to our Zoom meeting. I will ask each of you to verbally introduce your piece briefly.

A Zoom link will appear in the Canvas calendar along with this same concert order info.

Should you have any concerns during the concert or in advance of your performance, you can contact us privately in the Chat window. The TA’s may interact with the you in the Chat to alert when your performance is upcoming/next, but feel free to follow along in the order below.

If you did not yet respond to the Google form sent by Prof. Ernste or do not see your name listed below, please do complete the form and/or contact Prof. Ernste and your TA immediately to be slotted in.


Aman Gupta
Isaac Murphy
Janie Walter
Kaushik Ravikumar
Zachary Vero
Brian Shi
Melissa Gao
Brett O’Connor
Thomas Bastis
Lazarus Ziozis
Carter Gran & Jack Samett


Michael Xing
Chris O’Brian
Michael Zhang
Jacob Pelster
Eshaan Jain
Will Smith
Grace Wu
Luc Wetherbee
Irwin Chantre
Kyle Betts
Lucas Petrello


Jack Weber
Jack Pilon
Nathan Huang
Jocelyn Gilbert
Ben Goldberg
Sai Mallipedhi
Euna Park & Joshua Kaplan
Arsen Omurzakov
Isaac Singer
Brandon Feng
Jayansh Bhartiya

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