music

Auto-Tune: Altering The Musical Landscape

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Jeff Bartell and Zach Kaiser collaborated on this project.

The goal of our project was to research the musical and cultural implications of the recording software plug-in, Auto-Tune; a relatively new tool has taken the musical world by storm over the past 12 years. Our research highlights, and seeks to present the qualitatively new phenomena that have been created by its ubiquitous use in music and Internet culture.  read more »

The Musical Solar System of Rick Rubin

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Rick Rubin is one of the most influential music producers of the last 30 years, having produced an expansive and diverse body of work. The Musical Solar System of Rick Rubin attempts to visualize his centrality in the history of contemporary popular music by making Rubin the “Sun” in a solar system that connects him with every song sampled on “Like This,” a song by Girl Talk, the ultimate mashup curator of pop music.  read more »

Making Meaning: 100 Clips & Stills from TV and Film

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Making Meaning: 100 Clips & Stills from TV and Film is a collection of time-based media examples that illustrate cinematic techniques that help convey meaning. Created as a teaching tool for time-based design courses, Making Meaning permits students to select clips based on visual interest, search for specific terms, watch an annotated timeline of the clip, and find cross-references to similar clips.  read more »

Simple Gestures

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Another early project that dealt with the experience of human motion was my Hand Movie, a piece I made in the Dynamic Typography course. The assignment was to represent music visually using time-based media. The goal of the piece was to not only express the music visually, but to also see if simple, human gestures could take on a poetic quality.  read more »

Synaesthesia as a Model for Dynamic Media

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Thesis Abstract
Throughout human evolution our senses have evolved, and the tools we have invented have augmented our sensory exchanges with our surroundings. The extent to which we engage with the tools we invent, and how we use our senses to engage with them, has had a tremendous impact on our understanding of how these tools function.  read more »

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