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

New Music Ensemble

Alan Shockley, director

Join the New Music Ensemble in the Minimalist classic, Terry Riley’s In C. The ensemble will perform this one-page score (originally written for any instrumentation and any duration) with its own unique instrumentation of violas, electric guitars, piano and toy piano, melodica, mandolin, voices, clarinet, trumpet, percussion, synthesizer, and more!

Composers’ Guild

Alan Shockley, coordinator

  • Monday, March 13, 2017
  • 8:00pm
  • Daniel Recital Hall
  • Tickets FREE

Faculty Composers Concert

Alan Shockley, director

New Music Ensemble

Alan Shockley, director

Composers’ Guild

Alan Shockley, director

  • Monday, April 24, 2017
  • 8:00pm
  • Daniel Recital Hall
  • Tickets FREE

Laptop Ensemble

Martin Herman, director

Composers’ Guild presents: SNAPSHOTS with NOW Ensemble

Alan Shockley, director

  • Sunday, May 8, 2016
  • 8:00pm
  • Daniel Recital Hall
  • Tickets FREE

Video Game Music Symposium

Perry LaMarca, director / Johannes Müller-Stosch, conductor

The Bob Cole Conservatory of Music presents a Video Game Music Symposium supported by an Entertainment Industy Initiative grant from the California State University Entertainment Alliance on Saturday, May 13, 2017.

The one-day symposium for CSU students and community members will culminate with a concert by the Bob Cole Conservatory Symphony performing video game music. The symposium will be of interest to those in music composition, conducting, performance, film & electronic arts sound design and production, and computer science game sound programming.

Guests from the Video Game Industry representing composers, sound designers, sound editors, and management from Electronic Arts, Riot Games and more will give lectures, panel discussions, and masterclasses.

  • Saturday, May 13, 2017
  • 10:00am—10:00pm
  • Daniel Recital Hall/Carpenter Performing Arts Center
  • Tickets $15/10
  • Bob Cole Conservatory of Music
  • 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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