Hi everybody

Hey all,

My name is Jon, and I am a Senior studying Operations Research Engineering and Computer Science. I am interested in this class because I think the ability to create electronic music is evolving the music in many exciting ways. I play the piano, guitar, and the violin. I am most experienced on the violin as I was the concertmaster of the Tacoma Youth Symphony in my high school years. Most of my experience is playing in string ensembles, such as quartets. I enjoy many genres of music such as rock, R&B, classical, jazz, blues, and EDM. I am definitely interested in working with others although I must admit I am taking a rigorous schedule.

Looking forward to meeting the rest of you!



This is Ray Kim, a senior majoring in chemistry.  I do not really play any musical instruments.  I learned a little bit of this and that but I would hardly call myself even an “amateur” at any.  I do not have much background knowledge in music either.  Though, I have been working on some sequencing programs such as cubase and flstudio for several years now.  I somewhat felt that certain things were better for me to be learned than to rely on my raw intuition such as tweaking the sounds because I just could not simply play with the sounds without understanding them.

I was more of an urban and hiphop type of guy, but recently got intrigued by electronic music, especially this genre called dubstep.  I personally feel that acoustic music is the one that is hard to get tired of, and I am wondering how I can connect acoustic and dubstep smoothly while keeping the strengths of both.

But, that is merely my recent interest, and I am willing to try anything interesting that comes while taking this course.  I am definitely willing to collaborate if there is something I can do for the team.

I hope we’d have a great semester taking this course.


My name is Eileen Ceconi and I’m a senior Biological Engineer.   I played classical piano from the ages of 5-15, but I’m pretty rusty by now. I don’t really have any experience creating my own stuff or performing (outside of childhood piano recitals….).  Within the past few years I’ve become interested in electronic music, usually steering towards more minimal stuff.   I’m really excited to play around with different software in this class and learn about sampling; I would love to start doing this in my spare time. Definitely open to collaboration, so if anyone else likes spacey, synthy electronic let me know!


My name is Dan and I’m a senior in Engineering Physics. I have some experience with music theory and performance (guitar and piano) from high school, but would like learn more about editing and synthesizing music.

I also have lots of experience writing software, and might pursue live programming (like this) for the last project. If anybody needs a programmer during this course, I’d be happy to help.


My name’s Jacob Lifton, and I’m currently a senior in Arts and Sciences. I’m a premed Spanish major, but I’ve been interested in music, particularly piano. I’m classically trained, and I’ve been in a couple of bands throughout the years, but lately I’ve had trouble finding people to play with, and I’ve gotten somewhat frustrated with the limitations of learning and playing pieces solo. I very recently realized that electronic music of some sort or another would allow me to produce big sounds just as one person, so I got Logic and a MIDI keyboard, and have been doodling around with various settings and such for a month or so now. I’m particularly interested in writing somewhat danceable/groovy-experimental/jazz electronic music. I’m hoping this class can teach me about sampling, synthesis, mastering, and the host of other techniques that can be used to make good music. Looking forward to it!


Electronic Music 2009 by Charles Cacioppo

A composition of mine from 2009


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Ray Li’s Aura, SoundSpace, and related work

Ray Li, BS ’14 (Music 1421, 2421, Independent Study) and Michael Ndubuisi, BS ’14 (Music 1421), designed Aura (later evolving into SoundSpace), a new instrument that allows the musician to shape and control sound through hand movements.

SoundSpace uses electromagnetic sensors to track the exact position of the gloves in space. The motion of the musician’s hands can trigger prepared sounds, play different notes and add musical effects.

“We wanted to imagine sound as a tangible thing that you can hold between your hands,” Li said. “We’ve tried to create something that can basically do anything that you could do in a normal sound-editing computer program.”

Aura on Cornell Daily Sun video on Aura.

Video courtesy of the Cornell Daily Sun. Videographer: Ryan Larkin, film major.

Discovery Channel Daily Planet feature:

The software for Aura has, more recently, been expanded into SoundSpace including recent performances with the Cornell Symphony Orchestra and as a solo instrument as with the demonstration of SoundSpace is below.

SudoGlove and SudoSynth

Jeremy Blum’s SudoGlove (also SudoSynth) is “a gesture controller that can be easily interfaced with hardware or software via a wireless connection. The glove implements an array of sensors plus filtering circuitry and mathematical analysis firmware to derive state values for each sensor and transmits them to an authorized receiver. I have used the glove to drive an RC car, to synthesize music, to manipulate openGL video, to control arbitrary processing software, and to control performance lighting effects.”

The instrument and its varied applications was featured in April 2011 on the Discovery Channel’s Daily Planet.

A complete summary, details of further uses, pointers to additional research and publicity, and links to code (Creative Commons License) can be found on Jeremy’s own (very thorough) page here.

A music-specific discussion of the development and application of SudoGlove/SudoSynth to performance is here.

SudoSynth demonstration:

CUMotive: wireless wearable accelerometers for music

In the Fall of 2007, undergraduate Nathan Ward presented several demonstrations of his CUMotive system, the culmination of his work in music and engineering (CEMC, Electrical Engineering), part of his independent major. CUMotive was the recipient of the 2008 “Where’s the BOOM” Award at Cornell’s Bits on Our Mind (BOOM) technology exhibition.

CUMotive code and information is available online. See here for a more complete description of the work as presented for ECE 4760, Designing with Microcontrollers. This work was also presented at the NIME (New Interfaces for Musical Expression) Conference 2008 in a paper entitled Wearable Interfaces for Cyberphysical MusicalExpression. CEMC and Professor Kevin Ernste appear in the acknowledgements.

Nathan began at CEMC as a student of Music 1421 and proceeded to take a series of courses through Music 6420/4420 followed by an Independent Study focussed on the work below. In addition to this series of demonstrations (in Lincoln Hall B20), Ward presented this work in 2009 as a composition for live contortionist and electronics (excerpt below).

An example of a wireless accelerometer system with gesture recognition capabilities:

A few examples using a custom wearable accelerometer system as a gaming controller:


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