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Gerald Strang Electronic Music Studio

The Bob Cole Conservatory of Music is the home of the Gerald Strang Electronic Music Studio. Here students use Logic Studio on the Mac platform to create works in a 5.1 surround sound environment. Classes taught in this studio include:

Music 370 (Introduction to Music Technology)

  • Introduction to principles of sound recording, sound production, sound reinforcement, MIDI, and electronic music.

Music 455/555 (Computers and Sound)

  • Introduction to software for sound synthesis, sequencing, digital audio, and sound processing.

Music 456/556 (Sound Design)

  • Introduces students to principles of composition and analysis of electro-acoustic media through application of music software, sampling, digital media, digital signal processing, and psychoacoustics.
  • Culminates in collaborative creative project involving video, web, or live theater.

Music 457/557 (Composition with Digital Media)

  • Computer-created projects that combine visual media (including web-based), and electronic music.

Music 497E (Composition with Interactive Technologies using Max/MSP)

Film Scoring Studio

The Film Scoring Studio also uses Logic Studio and the Mac platform:

Music 411/511 (Film Scoring)

  • Review development of various musical styles, forms, genres, and significant musical concepts and problems in creating music for films.

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New Music Ensemble

Alan Shockley, director

Join the New Music Ensemble for a concert of recent experimental works.

  • Tuesday, February 19, 2019
  • 8:00pm
  • Daniel Recital Hall
  • Tickets $10/7

Faculty Composers Concert

Alan Shockley, coordinator

Recent works from CSULB faculty composers. Program featuring new works by Rychard Cooper, Adriana Verdié, Alexander Elliott Miller, and Alan Shockley.

  • Tuesday, March 12, 2019
  • 8:00pm
  • Daniel Recital Hall
  • Tickets $10/7

New Music Ensemble

Alan Shockley, director

Join the New Music Ensemble for an exciting program of recent music, including two world premieres of works commissioned by the NME: Robin Cox’s Defiance and an as-yet-untitled work by CSULB alumnus composer George Wheeler.

  • Friday, April 12, 2019
  • 6:00pm
  • Daniel Recital Hall
  • Tickets $10/7

Composers’ Guild

Alan Shockley, director

This concert features performances of original works by CSULB Student Composers.

  • Monday, April 22, 2019
  • 8:00pm
  • Daniel Recital Hall
  • Tickets FREE

Guest Artist Recital: Aperture Duo

Adrianne Pope, violin & Linnea Powell, viola

  • Wednesday, April 24, 2019
  • 8:00pm
  • Daniel Recital Hall
  • Tickets $10/7

Laptop Ensemble

Martin Herman, director

The Laptop Ensemble features a collection of composer/performer/sound artists who explore and explode the boundaries between contemporary sound art, computer music and interactive technologies. The ensemble brings together performers, composers, and artists across disciplines in experimental sound practices and cross-disciplinary projects and concerts.

  • Wednesday, May 1, 2019
  • 8:00pm
  • Daniel Recital Hall
  • Tickets $10/7
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