Roger Linn Discussion Recap/Photos

NYU Music Tech, Clive Davis & Tandon would like to thank everybody who made Tuesday’s panel discussion a great success! Speakers Roger Linn, Bob Power, Nicholas Sansano and Dan Freeman each gave their own insight into the history of drum machine technology, and we were later given incredible demo of Roger Linn’s new LinnStrument.

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SONYC in the News

The SONYC project, a research initiative bringing together researchers from MARLTandon, CUSP and OSU, is in the news these days, with articles popping up on The New York TimesWNYC, and Wired (Italy). The project is launching the first phase of a 5 year program with the goal of changing the way noise pollution is monitored and analyzed in New York City. Using a network of microphones to record the various breeds of urban annoyances, Music Tech’s own Juan Bello and his team are creating novel technologies for the automatic identification of sound sources throughout the city.

The project has received a generous $4.6 million grant from the National Science Foundation, and there’s a lot of excitement around its agenda from New Yorkers that know too well the agony that is noise pollution. For more information on the team and the technology involved, see NYU’s news release and the SONYC website.



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AES: The Future of Audio for Television

Next Tuesday, November 15th, the AES NY Section is hosting a meeting on ATSC 3.0. We’re very excited to join AES members and other audio professionals to learn about the new standards in the future of audio for television.

Among the speakers for the evening are Tim Carroll and Jeff Riedmiller from Dolby Laboratories, Stefan Meltzer and Deep Sen from the MPEG-H Audio Alliance, and host Jim Starzynski, NBCU Principal Audio Engineer and Chairman of the ATSC Audio Group.

Please RSVP here to reserve your seat.


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The History & Future of Expressive Electronic Instruments w/ Roger Linn

Next Tuesday, November 8th, the Music Technology program teams up with the NYU Tisch Clive Davis institute and Tandon ​​​Integrated Digital Media to present a panel discussion with iconic instrument designer Roger Linn. Over the last 35 years,  Linn’s drum machines have been a profound influence on hip-hop and pop music, with early adopters such as Michael Jackson, Madonna, and Stevie Wonder.

NYU students are invited to come and learn about the development of Roger Linn’s past work in instrument development, as well as the direction that electronic instruments are heading today. Please visit the Facebook Event Page for more info.

11/8, 7:00-8:30, Steinhardt Room #610

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Music Tech Undergrads design OTB Sound Mural

Vimeo: OTB Sound Mural

As part of their work with Brooklyn studio One Thousand Birds, music tech undergraduate Torin Geller and alumni Matt Lau have helped to create this interactive sound mural. Alongside Jonathan Evans, a Music Composition student also at Steinhardt, the group used conductive paint and Arduino boards (similar to those used in our digital electronics classes) to send data from the painting to a digital wav trigger. Between this project and another with IBM designer Stephen Nixon, the idea has been a hit, and several companies have been looking to get murals of their own.

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A Farewell to Saul Walker

As many may now know, we were saddened to hear that our beloved Saul Walker passed away last Tuesday, October 18th. Perhaps one of the only rocket scientists to work in a recording studio, Saul was one of the most influential figures in audio technology, and by extension, modern recording.

Before starting his teaching at NYU in 2006, Saul spent over 50 years working across the industry, producing electronics first for the U.S. Navy and NASA before founding Automated Processes, Inc (API) with Lou Lindauer in 1968. Those who knew the pleasure of his teaching can attest to his gentle presence, many shocked by his modesty after learning the extent of his influence within the field.

We feel lucky to have learned from Saul for the last ten years, and while the news of his passing will be a difficult adjustment for all of us, we will take his passion for audio technology as we move forward. This year marks an exciting time in our department, with our largest freshman class to date and a surge of extracurricular student involvement. Informed by Saul Walker’s legacy, we’re looking forward to seeing the department evolve through 2017.


SWiTCH Presents Miya Masaoka

March 27th, 2015
SWiTCH Presents Miya Masaoka – 3:30 PM
Guest Speaker: Miya Masaoka

Miya Masaoka will be presenting past works and current works-in-progress on various electro acoustic devices, including lasers, string instruments and computer.

Location: 35 W. 4th St, 6th Floor Conference Room
All are welcome.


SWiTCH Presents – Sonic Atmospheres Composition Discussion by Joan La Barbara

SWiTCH Presents

Guest speaker: Joan La Barbara

Title: Sonic Atmospheres

Composer/performer Joan La Barbara will discuss her compositional process including how she builds the sonic atmospheres which form the foundation of many of her recent works.

Bio: Joan La Barbara, composer, performer, sound artist and actor is renowned for developing a unique vocabulary of experimental and extended vocal techniques (multiphonics, circular singing, ululation, and glottal clicks, her “signature sounds”) influencing generations of other composers and singers. La Barbara serves on the composition faculty at New York University. She is composing a new opera exploring the artistic process, interior dialogue, and sounds within the mind. Website:

Date: Wednesday December 3, 2014

Location: Kimmel Center, Room 903

Time: 1:30 PM

All are welcome!