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!!

Check Out Our 2012 Upcoming Open House!

The Music Tech Department has been hard at work this year creating, prototyping, coding, building, and straight up bringing ideas to life this year. Come check out our latest and greatest creations at our open House on May 12th, 2012 and 35 W. 4th St. 6th Floor to see what Music Technology is all about! Main event page here

Music Tech Alumni Erik Desiderio Making Strides in the Film/TV Industry

We at NYU Music Technology were happy to recently hear from one of our MM Alumni Erik Desiderio (class of ’04), who is now living in LA writing music for film and TV. Erik told us how he “worked on the music team for Immortals which was #1 at the box office, and Showtime’s “The Borgias” which won 2 Emmy’s, one for Main Title Music.” Erik also wrote the Music for the Emmy Ceremony, which was hosted by Jane Lynch. Congratulations Erik and we hope you continue to do well!

Music Tech’s “DIY Audio Mixer” Featured on Instructables’ Homepage

Shortly after having been uploaded, our Instructable entitled “DIY Audio Mixer,” created by Professor Langdon Crawford, and put together in collaboration with undergraduates Nicholas Dooley and Sarah Streit, was fortunate enough to land a featured spot on Instructables’ Home Page, as well as in the Editor’s Picks section of the Technology Page. Be sure to check out the Instructable and make your own Graphite-Based Audio Mixer!

Undergraduate James Neely named one of NYU’s 15 Most Influential Students

Washington Square News, one of NYU’s major newspapers, has just released a list of "The Most Influential Students" at NYU. Among the 15 students chosen in this list is our own James Neely, a senior in Music Technology. Neely is co-founder and President of the Black Student Union (BSU), as well as an active musician and community member. Congratulations to James on behalf of the Music Technology Department!

Scientific Magazine and others cover PhD Candidate Braxton Boren’s Research on Acoustic Modeling

Earlier this month at the Acoustical Society of America’s 162nd meeting in San Diego, CA Braxton Boren and his associates presented their paper entitled A Method for Acoustic Modeling of Past Soundscapes, in which they used mathematical modeling to recreate the listening environment of a 16th century church as it would have sounded back then. This paper received much acclaim, including coverage by:

Congratulations to Braxton on behalf of the Music Technology Department!!