Introduction – Dean Olin

Hi All,

My name is Dean Olin. I’m a senior in Information Science. Prior to coming to Cornell, I worked in the IT industry for about 13 years. About 4 years ago, I realized that I didn’t care for my career, so I decided to change careers. I hope to end up working in the data science field (data science + music would be ideal!).

I play the guitar (acoustic, electric, and bass), piano (beginner level, just enough for writing), and I sing in the Cornell Chorale. I have used Pro Tools before, so I’m not a complete newb, but I’m really looking forward to learning computer music in a structured format. I also attended music school for a year when I was younger, so I know a bit of theory etc…

Music is my favorite thing. I like to write songs, and would love to become proficient enough with a computer music workflow so that I can get to the point where the computer becomes a creative extension. I hope to be able to learn how to better produce my songs, as well as learn new and interesting ways to create sounds.

On a side note, I found the Professor’s example of using the sounds from a metal railing funny, because that is the sort of thing I would do. I have been frequently roasted by friends (in good fun) for stopping to “play” some object that I noticed had a cool sound. They think it’s weird; I think they’re weird for not noticing the cool sounds.

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