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Digital Music Lab – upcoming info sessions announced for 3/29, 4/5 and 4/12, 2-3pm

Announcing three upcoming info sessions on the resources of the Digital Music Lab, in the Music & Arts Library.

The Digital Music Lab offers specialized music software, digital pianos, and a large-format scanner. The software enables you to compose, edit, notate, process, transcribe, and analyze digital audio and music notation.

Applications include Sibelius, Finale, Logic Pro, Abelton Live, Max/MSP, Audacity, Amadeus Pro, and more.

The info sessions will provide an overview of the software and some examples of projects that can be done using these tools, as well as information on further resources and tutorials for learning more.

You can sign up for a session at this link: http://bit.ly/MusicLabDemos

If the dates above don’t work for you, and you’d like to be notified of future sessions, you can also indicate that using the form at the link above.

Hope to see you in the Lab!

“Ghost in the Instrument” Festival at Columbia, week of 3/19

The Computer Music Center at Columbia University presents a week of lectures, concerts, and workshops, “Ghost in the Instrument: Aspects of Musical Research and Composition“. The event is on the occasion of the 10th anniversary of the PRISMA International Forum. All events are FREE and open to the public (registration is required for the software workshop).

The festival will include talks and concerts by Jean-Baptiste Barriere, Jacopo Baboni-Schilingi, Christopher Trapani, Hans Tutschku, Fred Lerdahl, Carlos Agon, Phillippe Esling, Johannes Kretz, William Goufreind, Julien Vincenot, Jaime Oliver, Greg Taylor, Mika Kuuskankare, Maeve Sterbenz, Zosha Di Castri, and more. Several current and former Columbia composers are featured.

On Friday 3/23 and Saturday 3/24, concerts will take place at Prentis Hall and at Miller Theater. There will be a workshop on PWGL software on Sunday 3/25 (registration is required). For full details on the programme, please see the web site for the festival, at http://music.columbia.edu/cmc/musicalinteractivityfestival/Programme.html. The schedule for performances is at http://music.columbia.edu/cmc/musicalinteractivityfestival/Performances.html.

Winter Break Hours

The Music & Arts Library will observe the following hours over the Winter Break, beginning on Saturday, 12/24/11:

Monday – Friday     10am-5pm
Saturday, Sunday    Closed

In addition, the Library will be closed for University Holidays on Monday – Tuesday, 12/26-27, on Monday – Tuesday, 1/2-3, and on Monday, 1/16.

Reference and Reserve services continue to be available during these hours, and the Digital Music Lab is open. No items will fall due over the break. Remember you have the option to renew items online, by accessing “My Library Account” on Library Web/CLIO. You can contact us at musiclibrary@columbia.edu with any questions or problems.

A full schedule of all CU Libraries hours over the Winter Break is available at this link: http://hours.library.columbia.edu. Regular Spring Semester hours will resume on Tuesday, 1/17. Happy Holidays to you all!

Daphne Oram, 1950s British electronic music pioneer

NPR’s Weekend Edition Sunday ran a brief piece today on Daphne Oram, a pioneer of electronic music in Britain in the 1950s. Oram worked as Director of the BBC’s Radiophonic Workshop, and developed her own system/technique called “Oramics”, which involved painting waveforms and control signals on film, which was then used to control the exposure of photoelectric cells to light as the basis for synthesis. The machine pictured on the left was discovered a few years ago in a shed in France; it’s now on display at an exhibition on Oram at the Science Museum London. You can listen to some music of Oram’s here and here, to get started. Her music is scarce on CD, but there is a 2-CD set out on Paradigm Records.

Learn more about the Digital Music Lab!

Want to learn more about the Music & Arts Library’s Digital Music Lab? Attend an info session in October!

The Lab is designed to enable users to play, compose, record, scan, notate, edit, program, and analyze digital music, audio, and musical notation.

Three sessions will be offered, providing an overview of the resources of the Lab, and highlighting some sample projects. Software includes Finale, Sibelius, Logic Pro, Audacity, Amadeus Pro, Max/MSP, Ableton Live, Audiosculpt, OpenMusic, Transcribe!, MacGamut, and more. The Lab also offers 2 digital pianos, equipped with MIDI interfaces to capture performances at the keyboard and to input music notation, and a large-format (11″x17″) scanner.

Sessions will be offered on:

  • Friday, 10/7, 1-2:30pm
  • Wednesday, 10/12, 1-2:30 pm
  • Friday, 10/21, 2-3:30 pm
Registration is required. To register, go to this link.
If you’re unable to attend these sessions, but would like to be notified of future sessions, or schedule a consultation on any of the resources of the Lab, please email us at musiclibrary@columbia.edu.

The Digital Music Lab in the Music & Arts Library

The Music & Arts Library is pleased to offer the Digital Music Lab, a space featuring 4 Mac workstations, 2 digital pianos, an 11″ x 17″ scanner, and a suite of specialized software, allowing users to to play, compose, record, scan, notate, edit, program, and analyze digital audio and music scores. A full list of equipment and software is available on the Lab home page. Expert help is available from library staff (you can schedule a consultations in advance, at the email address below). We welcome your thoughts and suggestions! Please contact us at musiclibrary@columbia.edu with any comments, or if you wish to share details of any projects you’ve done in the lab (we’d like to feature interesting projects on our web pages).