SWiTCH Spring Concert

Various Electroacoustic performances
NYU Global Center Auditorium (C95)
238 Thompson St, New York, NY 10012
Friday May 2nd, 2014
7:30 PM
Free and open to the public

SWiTCH and MARL Present: Sensory Optimization – Technology for Augmenting Our Personal Environments

New York University’s Society of Women in Technology (SWiTCH)
and Music and Audio Research Labs (MARL) Present:

Sensory Optimization: Technology for Augmenting Our Personal Environments
by Dr. Poppy Crum, Senior Scientist at Dolby Labs

Date: Friday April 25, 2014
Location: 35 W. 4th St. 6th Floor Conference Room
Time: 4PM

Our experience of the sensory world does not need to be constrained by  our physical limitations. When navigating the environment our senses  interact to perceive a robust non-veridical experience. Understanding  these interactions and being able to define them perceptually and  algorithmically allows technological developments that can facilitate  sensory enhancement and optimization. Examples include use of targeted neuroplasticity to modify our internal experiences, wearable personalized technologies for sensory augmentation, and  heightened virtual sensory experiences that elicit natural cross-modal percepts.

NYU Grad Swagg R’celious Hits #17 on Mediabase

The song “Amazing”, written and produced by our very own NYU graduate David “Swagg R’celious” Harris (MM ’10) for Gospel artist Livre, recently reached #17 on the Mediabase Gospel Charts. It has now been on the Top Charts for 2 weeks according to the Mediabase Charts, and seems to be continuing to climb.

NYU Music Tech Grads ‘Big Ups’ Go On First World Tour

“When Brooklyn band Big Ups hitch up to London for the first time, there’s an intense sense of occasion surrounding their live debut. It’s strange, given that ‘Eighteen Hours of Static’ is a couple of months post-release. Songs on their first record are some two, three years old too. But that’s how these things work. Even when releases are key and timing’s sacred, great bands get their moment eventually…” Read more about NYU Music Tech Grads Big Ups and their first world tour here.

Master’s Thesis Defense Schedule

The Master’s thesis defense schedule is below. All presentations will be in the conference room on the 6th floor at 35 West 4th St.

At the end of each evening, there will be a 30 minute demo session.

Monday, December 16
Time Student Thesis title
3:30 Illia Balashov Upmixing audio for mobile devices
4:05 David Bokil Listener Preference for Music Processed with Dynamic Range Compression Across Different In-Ear Headphone Models and Music Samples
4:40 Hariharan Mohanraj PET Brain Scan Sonification to Supplement the Diagnosis of Alzheimer’s Disease
5:15-5:30 BREAK
5:30 Tsai-Yi Wu Listening with Realism: Sound Stage Extension for Laptop Speakers
6:05 Seok Bin Oh Live Electronic Music Performance: Dancers with Wearable Musical Instruments
6:40-7:10 DEMOS
Tuesday, December 17
Time Student Thesis title
3:30 Celeste Robinson Portable Isolation Cube (P.I.C): A Portable Method for Isolating Audio for Single Microphone Recording
4:05 James Keary A New Technique for Capturing True Coincidence in Ambisonic Microphone Arrays
4:40 Xenia Ghali A Study of the Turntable in DJ Performance
5:15 Yongjin Hwang The impact of electronic guitar amp placement on the timbre of recorded guitar sound in a small room
5:50 Douglass Moss Give Life Back To Music: Segmented Tempo Variation Mapping Based on Song Structure
6:25 Tlacael Esparza Computational Rhythm Similarity Development and Verification Through Deep Networks and Musically Motivated Analysis
7:00 Amar Lal Towards Interaction with Audio Continuators: Creating New Music with Variable-Length Markov Chains Trained on Features Extracted from Audio
7:35 Ethan Hein The Drum Loop
8:10 Yuan Wang “Dislocation and Relocation”: Enhancing Expressivity of Interactive Music Performance with a Multidimensional Tactile Interface
8:45-9:15 DEMOS

“Working in Circles” SWiTCH/MARL Event with Special Guest Michelle Temple

NYU Society of Women in Technology(SWiTCH) together with MARL will have its final event for the semester on:
Friday December 6th at 4PM in the Conference Room (35 W. 4th St).
Reception to follow.
Special Guest Speaker will be Michelle Temple.

Title: Working in Circles

Michelle will share some of her tricks to learning circuitry and demonstrate some of her favorite circuits she uses when teaching Printed Circuit Board(PCB) fabrication. She will share some of her latest projects and inspirations and speak about how her artists’ eye has informed her work in designing analog audio circuits, teaching and assistive technology.

Michelle holds a master’s degree from NYU’s Interactive Telecommunications program(ITP). She is the owner of Temple M., her own art, fabrication and prototyping studio in Brooklyn, NY and continues her research in audio technology as a visiting scholar and inventor at NYU.

NYU Music Technology Open House 2013

The NYU Music Technology program in the Music and Performing Arts
Professions Department at the Steinhardt School recently hosted its
annual open house, Saturday the 18th of May, 3-6pm.

Attendees were treated to live performances in the James L. Dolan
Recording Studio, hands-on electronics projects, ambisonic
demonstrations and various poster presentations on the latest music
technology research. A recording competition sponsored by Avid was
held in the James L. Dolan Recording studio.

At the end of the 3-hour open house several students were recognized
for excellence in specific projects as well as academic achievement.

Best Projects:

  • Best Undergraduate student project: Spencer Shafter for his wearable MIDI controller “Da Glove”
  • Best Graduate student project: Alan Johnson for his audio-based visualization and navigation platform “Rake’em”

Academic Awards:

  • Outstanding graduate student awards: Don Bosley and Justin Matthew
  • Academic achievement award: Jonathan Schwarz

Recording Competition, sponsored by Avid:

  • Best Acoustic Recording: Sam Nacach
  • Best Electronic Music Recording; Kai Francis Robinson
  • Best Studio Recording: Austin Stillwell
  • Best Sound For Moving Image: Collin Klippel, Nick Chomowicz & Tate Gregor

The NYU Music Technology program wishes to extend a thank you to the judges of the recording competition, as well as to Avid for the support and sponsorship of the recording competition. Judges: Brandie Lane, Tom Beyer, Allan Silverman, Isabel Diaz-Cassou, Tim Starnes, Tom Doczi, Stuart Argabright, Leszek Wojcik, Allan Tucker, and Joel Chadabe. Open House Mix Critique Panel: Jim Anderson, Joel Chadabe, Brandie Lane, and Elliot Scheiner. We wish to thank all who participated in and attended the open house, with an extra special thanks to Braxton Boren and Uri Nieto for organizing the event this year!

NYU Music Technology at the Grammys

Congratulations to those members of the NYU Music Technology Faculty, Students, and Alumni who’s work was honored at the 2013 Grammy Awards.

Grammy Winners


  • Austin Stillwell, Orchestrion Tech for album nominated for Best Instrumental Jazz Album of the Year

Grammy Nominations


  • Paul Geluso, Recording Engineer for album nominated for Best Tengo Album Latin Grammy
  • Alan Silverman, Mastering Engineer for album nominated for Best Instrumental Album Latin Grammy
  • Alan Silverman, Mastering Engineer for album nominated for Best Flameno Album Latin Grammy
  • Alan Silverman, Mastering Engineer for album nominated for Best Singer Songwriter Album Latin Grammy
  • Allan Tucker, Mastering Engineer for song nominated for Best Improvised Jazz Solo Grammy

Recent Alumni:

  • Jeanne Montalvo, Recording Engineer for album nominated for Best Latin Jazz Album Grammy
  • Jeanne Montalvo, Recording Engineer for recording nominated for Best Instrumental Arrangement for Afro- Cuban Jazz Grammy