Music

Electroacoustic Studios

The Electroacoustic Studio (FAB 2-7D)

Located in the Fine Arts Building in Studio 2-7D, the Electroacoustic Studio is a state-of-the-art facility for teaching, composition, and performance of electroacoustic music. It is our main teaching space for a range of courses in electroacoustic music and technology, and may be reserved for use by students who are enrolled those courses.

The studio contains historically significant equipment as well as the latest technologies. Some of this equipment includes vintage analog synthesizers from the early 1970s, several formats of reel-to-reel analog tape machines, including a 1/2" 8 track recording system with dbx noise reduction, several MIDI synthesizers from the last three decades, MIDI and USB controllers of various kinds, computers with music production software, and an upright Disklavier (computer-controlled piano). In addition, this studio contains significant space for setting up ad hoc systems and is capable of supporting small group rehearsal scenarios.

EARS (ElectroAcoustic Research Studios)

These labs, part of a CFI-funded initiative, form the basis of our research support facilities, and are available only for approved research projects.

The EARS Composition Studio (FAB 2-9)

This studio is equipped with an 8-channel surround-sound environment, and is designed to be used to create, mix, and diffuse 8-channel electroacoustic compositions. It is designed for use with laptops, and can accommodate any laptop via a USB multichannel interface that lives in this space.

The EARS Design Lab (FAB 2-8)

This facility is designed for research in the design and creation of custom software, hardware sensor interfaces, and sound-making devices. It is the center of our research program in interactivity, human-computer interfacing (HCI), circuit-bending, sound installation, and other forms of software and hardware design. It includes tools for prototyping and constructing such devices, including soldering and wiring facilities, and also contains specialized printing equipment for oversized scores, etchings for circuit boards, and other custom projects.