Bob Cole Conservatory of Music

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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NOW Ensemble


Forming a Composer/Performer chamber ensemble: a Conversation with members of NOW Ensemble.

  • Thursday, October 8, 2015
  • 10:00am
  • Room UMC-A307
  • Tickets FREE

Composer Ted Coffey


Composer Ted Coffey (faculty, University of Virginia) speaking about his music and his collaboration with Bill T. Jones dance, and their performance Saturday night in the Carpenter Center.

  • Friday, October 9, 2015
  • 2:00pm
  • Room UMC-C200
  • Tickets FREE

Faculty Composers Recital

Alan Shockley, director

  • Wednesday, October 28, 2015
  • 8:00pm
  • Daniel Recital Hall
  • Tickets $10/7

New Music Ensemble

Alan Shockley, director

The CSULB New Music Ensemble under the direction of Dr. Alan Shockley presents a program of works from the last few decades, displaying the broad spectrum of contemporary composers active today.

  • Monday, November 2, 2015
  • 8:00pm
  • Daniel Recital Hall
  • Tickets $10/7

Composers’ Guild

Presents Gnarwhallaby in Three Minute Wonders

Members of the CSULB Composers’ Guild present the LA-Area avant-garde quartet, Gnarwhallaby, in an evening of world CSULB premieres.

Gnarwhallaby was formed in 2011 to revive and perform the repertoire composed for the unique instrumentation of clarinet, trombone, cello, and piano. As its starting point, the quartet used the missions and repertoires of the now-defunct avant-garde polish ensemble warsztat muzyczny as well as the later german outfit quartett avance. As the third generation "grandchild" quartet—the first in the United States and the only currently active quartet of its kind in the world—gnarwhallaby continues to expand this largely unknown and fascinating body of repertoire with active composer commissions and original compositions by its members.

  • Wednesday, November 4, 2015
  • 8:00pm
  • Daniel Recital Hall
  • Tickets FREE

Guest Artist Recital

Scordatura: Hannah Addario-Berry, cello

  • Saturday, November 14, 2015
  • 8:00pm
  • Daniel Recital Hall
  • Tickets $10/7

Laptop Ensemble

Martin Herman, director

The Laptop Ensemble will perform original works by student and faculty composers using laptops as primary instruments.

  • Wednesday, December 2, 2015
  • 8:00pm
  • Daniel Recital Hall
  • Tickets $10/7
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