Assignment 0: David Burgstahler

Hi, my name is David and I am a sophomore studying Electrical and Computer Engineering. I grew up taking piano and cello lessons and performing classical music, both solo and in chamber groups.  A little over year ago, I decided to stop performing and begin producing my own electronic music. So far, I have developed some basic mixing skills in Logic Pro, and I have some experience with sound design using synthesizers such as Sylenth1 and Massive. Additionally, I helped write and mix a song as part of the Cornell Audio Engineering Society last semester. In this course, I hope to continue to refine my skills and learn new techniques that I can apply to my productions.

Musically, I am interested in elements of both modern electronic dance music as well as 90s electronica, and my goal has been to integrate aspects from these areas into my music. Some music I made earlier this year can be found here, and I currently have more projects in the works. I am open to collaborating with others and am excited to hear the other musical styles that people bring to the class.

Assignment 0 – Ezra Pak-Harvey

Hi, my name is Ezra Pak-Harvey and I am a senior chemistry major in the school of Arts and Sciences. I grew up playing mostly classical violin repertoire and have been performing with orchestras and as a soloist for 12 years. After coming to Cornell, I joined the Chamber Orchestra and also continued to take lessons with the violin professor, Ariana Kim. Although I grew up mostly playing classical music, I’ve always had an interest in music production and the techniques and programs used to create much of the “popular” music today. Throughout high school I did a little bit of work with Reason and Logic, but unfortunately I have largely forgotten how to produce music. I hope to incorporate things I have learned through my classical training into my works throughout the semester, as well as broaden my creative horizons when it comes to playing the violin. As for collaboration, I would be thrilled to work on a project with someone!

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My name is Brady Kellum; I am a music major, and I am interested in composition. I have been singing for most of my life. In high school, I was part of a regional choir, and while in my high school select choir, we took second place in a radio contest which allowed us to perform at the Kimmel Center with the Philly Pops. I have played bass drum and conducted in my high school’s marching band. I have experimented and produced some things with the GarageBand software. I would like to be able to learn how to compose score for video games and/or other types of media. I am currently in the Cornell University Glee Club. I am very much interested in collaborating with others to assess different work styles and to learn about my own.

Introduction, Agnes Shin

Hi all,

My name is Agnes, and I’m a senior majoring in Policy Analysis and Management and minoring in Business. I don’t have any experience creating digital sound, but I do have some background in playing instruments. I used to play the piano and violin when I was younger, and I also played the flute in my high school’s symphonic band. Since then, my musical interests have shifted – now I’m a huge fan of electronic music and want to learn about music production for digital sounds. I think this class is the perfect opportunity to do that, and I’m really excited to meet and collaborate with everyone else!


Hi everyone, my name is Glenna and I’m taking this course because I’m curious about what goes into creating music and learning how to use music editing applications. I don’t have much background in music besides a few years of playing the piano, singing in a chorus, and dancing ballet for a while. Music is a nice, relaxing break from academics, so I’m excited to spend some time working on projects for this course.

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Hi, I’m Emily. I played piano for about 4 years when I was younger and cello in the school orchestra from 3rd to 12th grade. However, I do not currently play or take lessons regularly anymore; just once in a while for fun. I performed at school concerts, recitals, and also with a small band with a few of my friends at school events. I’m interested in working with others, and am taking this class because I would like to incorporate more music into my busy life.

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Hello, I’m Rajiv. I’m a sophomore studying CS in Engineering and minoring in Music. My ultimate goal is to DJ and become an EDM producer. I feel that the voice is the most beautiful instrument so I’d love to work with singers. My favorite artist right now is ODESZA.

I also think hip hop beats are a cool way to express darker emotions, so I have some curiosity in that field.

As far as my background, I played the violin since I was 9 but stopped after first semester in college; I picked up a decent amount of music theory and experience analyzing music doing that. Currently, I’m taking voice lessons at Cornell and learning how to use Logic on my own.

Looking forward to meeting everyone!

Cam Curtin Introduction

Hey everyone,

I’m a senior in CALS studying Biometry & Statistics and Computer Science and had room for a fun class this semester and thought computer music would be a great fit. I played alto sax from 5th to 7th grade in the school band and in the jazz band and I played drums in a couple pieces for the strings orchestra. In 8th grade I took a class called Music Tech where we used Audacity and a MIDI keyboard to create music for different themes including a song using only percussion and writing music for a short (3-4 minute) film. I haven’t done much music since but am looking to get the creativity flowing a bit again. I’m looking forward to working with some of you and seeing what we can create this year.

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Hello all,

I’m George Wyand a senior Animal Science major and I have limited musical experience. I haven’t really played my trumpet since fresh man year of high school and while I still can read music my actual knowledge of music theory is very limited. I want to change that because my experience is with running sound for live shows. I have been a sound technician/coordinator since high school and would like to increase my knowledge of recording/mixing/mastering and general music skill. Currently, I am a manager of Cornell Productions and a P-space Manager of JAM, and the skills in this class would help my gaps in musical knowledge. I have always wanted to create computer music but it has always been so intimidating to learn. I look forward to this class and I look forward to hearing every one work.


Introduction Ben Kang

Hi y’all, I’m Ben Kang. I’m an Economics major in the college of Arts and Sciences. I grew up around church music in Houston, Texas, and I’ve played keyboard and drums for a while, developing a soul/funk playing style. I play keyboard and do A/V work for the guys back home. I’m always looking for fresh music to listen to and get inspired. I switched from piano performance to musical composition when I was in 8th grade, and since then have been creating orchestral compositional work, one of which is on my soundcloud, benkang99. During my junior year, I started looking into digital music production with software like Ableton and Logic, and starting teaching myself. Since, then I’ve been churning out beats whenever I have time, and I’ve uploaded some of them to soundcloud. My latest work is inspired by 60s-70s funk, and incorporates many of the same instruments, such as the Rhodes keyboard, Hammond organ, and wah clav. I’m looking to get better at producing and working with live bands.

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