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

Whammy Jammy: 48-Hour Music & Audio-Centric Game Jam

48-Hour Music & Audio-Centric Game Jam
November 9 – 11, 2012
What is Whammy Jammy?
It’s a 48-hour event where creative and talented people get together to make games around the theme of music and sound. If you are into music/sound and video games and would like to smash them together in interesting ways, this is the event for you. It’s an excuse to experiment with new and crazy ideas, challenge yourself, and meet others with similar interests. We call it a “game jam,” others may call it a “hack-a-thon.” If you’re interested, join our Facebook Group (info below) for the latest updates, of just sign up if you definitely wanna come!
Ooh, can I come!?
To get the most out of Whammy Jammy, you should probably have some skills in either audio production or game development. But who knows – sometimes the best ideas come from the most unexpected of minds. At the very least, you should be open-minded, ready to work hard, and interested in the theme of this jam. We think it’s pretty cool 🙂
Well, what should I build?
The basic goal is to create games which allow players to play with music and sound in interesting ways – interpret that as you will. There are tons of rhythm games out there, but what else can be done to combine the two mediums? But if you feel inspired to do something that’s only vaguely related to the theme, that’s cool, too! Heck, maybe you don’t even feel like making a video game. Board games, analogue games, or even just a cool song would be welcome as well. Whatever you do, we encourage you to come open-minded and ready to try something crazy. A lot can be done in 48 hours!
What are the deets?
Location: NYU Music Technology Department. November 9 – 11, 2012. Lunch will be provided on Sat. and Sun.

Winners announced for Music Technology’s 1st Annual Recording Competition

Last Saturday, at the Music Technology Open House, Music and Performing Arts Professions Chair Robert Rowe presented the awards to the first annual NYU Music Technology Recording competition winners.

  • Studio Recording: Hansdale Hsu
  • Electronic Production: Aimee Norwich, Senem Pirler
  • Acoustic Recording: Eric Xu
  • Sound For Image: David Forshee, Jon Schwarz and Jose Frias.

Music Technology would like to thank Avid for its support of the project as well as the faculty and external judges for the difficult task of choosing the best of such an excellent selection of student submissions.
Alan Silverman
Allan Tucker
Tom Doczi
Amandine Pras
Tim Starnes
Brandie Lane
Dafna Naphtali
Stuart Argabrite
Joel Chadabe
Laura Sinnott

Music Tech 2012 Open House Recap

Last Saturday the Music Technology Open house filled the 6th floor conference room and James L. Dolan Recording studio with artistic and scientific research and productions.
At the end of the event, Music Technology faculty handed out several awards:

  • Outstanding Student of 2012: Alan Johnson
  • Academic Excellence: Zhengshan Shi
  • Distinguished Service to the Program: Areti Andreopoulou

There were many excellent projects presented at the Open House, but the Music Technology faculty were charged with choosing only two to highlight with Awards:

  • Best undergraduate student project: Nicholas R Chomowicz; Chom 1000, polyphonic synthesizer with conductive fingerboard pitch control
  • Best graduate student project: Senem Pirler, Einat Korman & Laura Dickens Dots: 3D Sound for a 2D Animation

Congratulations to all award recipients, and thanks to everyone who came out and supported the Music Technology program last Saturday!

Congratulations to our Award-winning Undergraduate Students This Semester!!

On May 2nd, 2012, the NYU Steinhardt Music and Performing Arts Professions Undergraduate awards were announced, and three of our students – Eric Xu, Michael Quigley, and Travis Kaufman – received awards from the department. Eric Xu received an award for Leadership and Inspiration in Music Technology. Michael Quigley received an award for Academic Excellence, and Travis Kaufman received an award for Outstanding Achievement. Congratulations to all three undergrads on behalf of the department!!