along the walk
We sing the body electronic
At the start of fall semester, Trinity welcomed students into its new electronic music lab. Housed in the Austin Arts Center, the six-station lab features iMac computers equipped with full-size electronic keyboards, as well as a suite of composition software, including Logic Express, Finale, and GarageBand. The lab supports three core courses for music majors, their accompanying practicum labs, plus an electronic music course. About 60 students use the lab each semester.
Assistant professor of music Dan Román teaches an electronic MIDI and composition course, which is now in its third semester at Trinity. (MIDI is a protocol that enables electronic musical instruments to communicate with each other).Using the lab, students create and produce modern electronic music and incorporate MIDI sequencing, electronic score editing, basic audio recording and mixing procedures, and audio sampling editing and manipulation. The semester culminates with each student producing a five-minute original composition or sound experiment.
Students like Corey Trowbridge ’13 appreciate the opportunities the space affords. “Learning how to record and manipulate music using computer software is imperative today,” says Trowbridge, who is exploring a career in the music industry.
“This has really opened up the way I teach my courses. Without a lab, I
was lecturing to students. Now they can follow along and participate in
what I’m teaching them. And they learn the material faster than before.”
Dan Román, assistant professor of music
|Listen to samples of student compositions:|
Hallie Blejewski -
We Just Didn't Know.mp3|
Alex Cole - Tailspin.mp3
ManekMathur - FloRida Low.mp3
AndrewPage - Don't Stop the Feeling.mp3
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