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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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Guest Artist Recital

Benjamin Binder, piano

Pianist and musicologist Benjamin Binder will present a program centered on the solo piano works of Johannes Brahms, including Intermezzi, Ballades, Rhapsodies, and Capriccios. Binder’s program will also include two works from Robert Schumann’s Carnaval as well as the West Coast premieres of responses to those two pieces that were commissioned by Binder and composed by CSULB faculty composer Alan Shockley.

  • Tuesday, February 25, 2020
  • 8:00pm
  • Daniel Recital Hall
  • Tickets $10/7

Guest Artist Recital: Duo Montagnard, saxophone and guitar

Presented by Composition Studies and The Saxophone Ensemble

  • Wednesday, March 4, 2020
  • 8:00pm
  • Daniel Recital Hall
  • Tickets $10/7

Faculty Composers Concert

Alan Shockley, coordinator

  • Thursday, March 5, 2020
  • 8:00pm
  • Daniel Recital Hall
  • Tickets $10/7

Composers’ Guild

Alan Shockley, coordinator

CSULB Composers’ Guild will perform selected works from CSULB graduates and undergraduates. The Guild is a student organization dedicated to bringing in professional ensembles for writing opportunities and producing concerts of music composed by our members both on the CSULB campus and in the local Long Beach area.

  • Monday, March 9, 2020
  • 8:00pm
  • Daniel Recital Hall
  • Tickets FREE

Composers’ Guild Presents: Snapshots with HUB New Music

Alan Shockley, director

  • Friday, March 20, 2020
  • 8:00pm
  • Daniel Recital Hall
  • Tickets FREE

New Music Ensemble

Alan Shockley, director

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

  • Tuesday, April 14, 2020
  • 8:00pm
  • Daniel Recital Hall
  • Tickets $10/7

Composers’ Guild

Alan Shockley, director

CSULB Composers’ Guild will perform selected works from CSULB graduates and undergraduates. The Guild is a student organization dedicated to bringing in professional ensembles for writing opportunities and producing concerts of music composed by our members both on the CSULB campus and in the local Long Beach area.

  • Monday, April 20, 2020
  • 8:00pm
  • Daniel Recital Hall
  • Tickets FREE

Composers’ Guild Presents: Panic Duo

Alan Shockley, director

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

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, April 29, 2020
  • 8:00pm
  • Daniel Recital Hall
  • Tickets $10/7
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