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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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Composition Events

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* Events marked with an asterisk are free with a valid Music Major Pass

Faculty Composers

Alan Shockley, director

New works from some of the faculty composers, including Raymond Torres-Santos’s trumpet etudes, the U.S. premiere of a song cycle by Adriana Verdié, a new movement of a multimedia work featuring electric guitar by Alexander Elliott Miller, and the world premiere of a piano study by Alan Shockley.

New Music Ensemble **Cancelled

Alan Shockley, director

  • Wednesday, March 21, 2018
  • 8:00PM
  • Daniel Recital Hall

New Music Ensemble

Alan Shockley, director

Join the New Music Ensemble for a concert featuring a work by American composer David Claman influenced by Ockeghem’s Missa Prolationum and scored for three electric guitars all played with electromagnet "bows," a rock-influenced chamber work by faculty composer Alan Shockley for flute, bass clarinet, cello, piano, and drum set (including a section in which the pianist uses chains on the strings of the piano), and a portion of Stockhausen’s monumental Stimmung for an ensemble of amplified singers intoning magical names and singing overtones.

Composers’ Guild

Alan Shockley, director

  • Monday, April 23, 2018
  • 8:00PM
  • Daniel Recital Hall
  • Tickets FREE

Laptop Ensemble

Martin Herman, director

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

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  • California State University, Long Beach
  • 1250 N. Bellflower Blvd.
  • Long Beach, CA 90840-7101
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  • 562-985-2490 fax

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