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Intel Galileo

The PAT Department has received a generous donation from Intel of several of the brand new Intel® Galileo Arduino-compatible development boards. These will be used to support projects in Professor Gurevich's Interactive Media Design courses, where students build physically interactive music performance systems, sound art installations, and interactive games.

Posted on Monday, January 13, 2014

Recital Sunday Jan 12, 1pm

I'll be performing Luciano Berio's Altra Voce, arranged for Horn, Voice, and Electronics, with Adam Unsworth and Jennifer Goltz, Sunday January 12 at 1pm in Britton Hall. The piece uses real-time sampling, harmonization, and spatialization, and it's quite stunning. Here video of a past performance, but it really needs to be experienced live.

Luciano Berio, Altra Voce at UMMA Ann Arbor from Michael Gurevich on Vimeo.

Posted on Saturday, January 11, 2014

Games Games Games

Check out these projects from last semester's PAT 451/551 - Interactive Media Design I. For the first project, we made a version of Simon using an Arduino, LCD display, buttons, and LEDs. Here is Sang Lee's "Simon Plays."

For the second project, students had to make a game of their own design, using continuous user input. Here is "Guillotune" by PAT MA Student Eric Sheffield:

For the final, students created a physically interactive multi-player game.  Here is "Hube" by PAT MA Student Eric Sheffield:

Posted on Wednesday, January 8, 2014

Electronic Chamber Music

As this year's version of Electronic Chamber Music is about to kick off, here is a video excerpt from our final concert last year.

Composition by Brian Kelley. Performed by Conor Barry & Brian Kelley (electronics), Alex Huryk (violin), and Simon Alexander-Adams (piano). Two performers sample and loop live talk radio and rebroadcast it via an FM transmitter. By inserting themselves into the broadcast loop, they effectively subvert, co-opt, and mediate the medium. Two instrumentalists improvise with the rebroadcast signal, received on another FM radio receiver.

Posted on Wednesday, January 8, 2014

Performing Arts Technology student Mix Tape

Here is a small selection of works by current students in Performing Arts Technology.

Posted on Monday, April 22, 2013

The art of making a movie

Early on a recent Sunday morning, as many students lay blissfully asleep, a 30-person film crew took over the basement of North Quad. A team of industry professionals and University of Michigan students and alumni were filming the trailer for PAT Associate Professor Andy Kirshner’s new musical film project, “Liberty’s Secret.”

The art of making a movie

Posted on Friday, March 1, 2013

Prof. Gurevich Lecturing at U-M Design Science

This afternoon, Prof. Gurevich will give a guest lecture entitled Designing Musical Interactions: Skill, Style, and Spectatorship at the U-M Design Science program's graduate colloquium.

Posted on Monday, February 11, 2013

Timbral Effects of Dynamic Range Compression

Pro Sound Web recently published an excerpt from Professor Corey's book Audio Production and Critical Listening: Technical Ear Training (Focal Press).

In addition to being a utilitarian device for managing the dynamic range of recording media, dynamics processing has become a tool for altering the color and timbre of recorded sound. When applied to a full mix, compression and limiting can help the elements of a mix coalesce. The compressed musical parts will have what is known in auditory perception as common fate because their amplitude changes share some similarity.

Continue reading...

Posted on Monday, February 4, 2013

Guest speaker on architectural acoustics

Today Scott Pfeiffer from Threshold Acoustics in Chicago spoke to students in Performing Arts Technology about architectural acoustics and the design of music performance spaces.

Posted on Thursday, January 31, 2013

Electronic Chamber Music + Radio

This semester, PAT 413 Electronic Chamber Music is focusing on Radio: Radio as technology, as medium, as institution, as instrument, as phenomenon. We are studying radiophonic music and radio art of the past, developing our own new works, and building radios. Follow our blog to track our progress:

Special thanks to Arts @ Michigan for supporting the course!

Posted on Thursday, January 31, 2013

Prof. Gurevich Delivers Keynote Address

In October, 2012, I traveled to Cali, Colombia to deliver the opening keynote at Diseño+, the 5th International Congress on Research in Design at the Universidad ICESI. I presented a history of the design of electronic musical instruments, and highlighted important contemporary challenges that designers face.

Since it's not everyday that I travel to Colombia, and John Cage's 100th birthday had just passed, I also performed a new realization of Cage's Rozart Mix for 4 cassette players, first realized by students in PAT 413 Electronic Chamber Music earlier in the year. My host Daniel Gomez led me on an intrepid mission through the junk markets of Cali to source old cassette players and some vintage Colombian tapes! I'm reliably informed that it was likely the Colombian premiere of Rozart Mix. We performed at the Auditorio Comfandi in conjunction with Videosonica.

Posted on Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Alum Carlos Garcia wins Art Prize!

Yes!!! Check this out!!! Touch Sensors! Rapping.  CRAZY VIDEO!?
How's this for a Time-Based Installation project, YO!!

Carlos Garcia on YouTube

Posted on Thursday, November 15, 2012

Gypsy Pond XII on VIMEO!!!

Enjoy THIS.  The sound is generated by people walking on a sidewalk...with an Arduino/vidcamera sensor hookup "measuring human activity"!  The more people, the busier the music.  The 20 foot sculpture reaches to the sky...with it's many arms symbolizing "many paths, many truths" - but striving none the less.  The Kerosene flames below symbolize the human heart, ever fervent, ever searching.  Corny? Not really.  Hard to do? VERY! (imagine a floating 20-foot sculpture, and building a stable base that will keep it afloat in 50-mph wind - we did!!).  Yep.

Gypsy Pond Music XII - U of M Digital Music Ensemble from Kyle Kramer on Vimeo.

Posted on Saturday, October 6, 2012

Gypsy Pond Music XIII posted on YouTube!

but don't you want to see what we did last year? (Inspired by Matisse and Barry Truax and well, of course some of our favorite Dartmouth and Princeton guys....):

Posted on Tuesday, October 2, 2012

Composer Mason Bates visits with students

Prior to his sound check with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra tonight at Hill Auditorium, composer Mason Bates stopped by the School of Music, Theatre & Dance to talk with students about integrating electronic and sampled sounds into compositions for orchestra. He talked about some of the challenges of editing, equalizing, and pitch-shifting recorded sounds to make them fit with acoustic sounds. Tonight's concert will feature his composition Alternative Energy, for which some of the electronic sounds were recorded at the particle accelerator lab Fermilab outside of Chicago.

Posted on Thursday, September 27, 2012

Professor Rush performs 4'33" on Cage's 100th birthday

Recently I travelled to Mexico to celebrate the wedding of PAT alum, Jon Moniaci (shown below, in front of DME's magical performance of Gypsy Pond Music at Bowling Green University in 2002).  On the way home, it was September 5, John Cage's 100th Birthday, so naturally I did the following performance.  Special moments- the Mexican guards outdoors and a sneeze by the camerawoman.  More shots of the wedding to follow. 

My recent performance of 4'33", by John Cage:

Posted on Sunday, September 16, 2012

Professor Stephen Rush on tour in California

Peck/Rush/Moniaci – Listening Music from the Age of the Crystal Moon Cone

On tour on the West Coast:
May 31, 2012: UC-Irvine
8pm - donation
218 Music and Media Building
University of California, Irvine
Irvine, CA 92697-2775

June 1, 2012: Tesmescal Arts Center
9pm –  $10
511 48th St., Oakland, CA, 94609

June 3, 2012: Shugar’s House of Golden Carp
537 28th St. Oakland, CA, 94609

June 4, 2012: Pieter P.A.S.D. with Performance Artist Jmy
420 W Ave 33, Ste 10, Los Angeles, CA 90031

Neighborhoods: Cypress Park, Lincoln Heights

Posted on Friday, June 1, 2012

PAT alumnus designs headphone processor

Devin Kerr, a graduate of our B.S. in Sound Engineering and M.A. in Media Arts programs, designed the audio signal processing algorithm in the FHX Headphone Processor.

Posted on Tuesday, May 15, 2012

George Brecht's Motor Vehicle Sundown

PAT students and faculty will present a rare performance of George Brecht's Motor Vehicle Sundown on Sunday May 20 at 5pm. The performance will mark the simultaneous closing of UMMA's exhibit Fluxus and the Essential Questions of Life and the opening of the 12th International Conference on New Interfaces for Musical Expression (NIME). Free and open to the public.

The performance will take place in parking Lot C-2 on the south side of N. University at Thayer, next to Kraus Natural Science Building.

George Brecht's Motor Vehicle Sundown | UMMA Events

Posted on Friday, May 11, 2012

Review of U-M Symphony Band CD

A review of the University of Michigan Symphony Band CD Artifacts (Equilibrium Records), engineered, mixed, and mastered by Professor Jason Corey.

‘ARTIFACTS’ = Works by BRIGHT SHENG, JOEL PUCKETT, MICHAEL DAUGHERTY, WM. BOLCOM – U. of Mich. Sym. Band – Equilibrium Records

Posted on Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Digital Music Ensemble premieres Stephen Rush opera in NYC

Congratulations to Professor Stephen Rush and the Digital Music Ensemble on their recent performance at the Shapeshifter Lab in New York! On the bill was Robert Ashley’s seminal work “Kit Carson” and a premiere of Rush's “US Grant Fluxkit Opera.”

Posted on Tuesday, May 8, 2012

New PAT courses

We have a couple of new PAT classes being offered in the fall. PAT 313 and PAT 451/551. Titles and descriptions are below. Check them out!

Open to all U-M students:
PAT 313 Special Topics - Detroit: Birthplace of Techno (3 credit hours)
Instructor: Alvin Hill
This course examines Detroit's integral role in the development of electronic dance music. We will survey the technological and cultural developments, particularly in the 1960's and 1970's, which set the scene for the emergence of Detroit's early techno producers, dissecting the elements that contributed to the city's unique brand of "high tech soul."

I'm told there are going to be some amazing guests from the Detroit Techno scene dropping in on the class.

Open only to PAT majors:
PAT 451/551 Interactive Media Design I (3 credit hours)
Instructor: Michael Gurevich
This course introduces the technological and theoretical foundations of designing physically interactive media experiences. Students develop interactive sensing systems and program embedded computing devices as well as real-time auditory, visual and tangible displays. Through exercises that draw on theory and techniques of interaction design, students create technological sketches and prototypes for novel devices and artworks.

Posted on Tuesday, May 8, 2012




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