Montana State University

MSU music technology program presents real-time computer music show on May 1

April 13, 2009

Students from MSU's real-time computer music class will present a multimedia show on May 1. Photo courtesy of Hsiao-Lan Wang.   High-Res Available

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Students from Montana State University's real-time computer music class will present a free concert at 5 p.m. Friday, May 1, in Studio 1080 in the lobby of MSU's Engineering and Physical Sciences Building.

The show will feature a mixture of musical performances and lecture-demonstrations. The audience will be given the opportunity to ask questions after each demonstration, according to Hsiao-Lan Wang, instructor for the class.

"Leave your suit and tie at home," Wang said. "This show aims to showcase the high-tech toys used by the MSU music technology community in an informal setting."

Wang explained that over the course of the semester MSU's music technology students have worked in MSU's MONSTER (Montana Studio for Electronics and Rhythm) studio experimenting with digital and analog audio signals, creating custom-made effect processors, manipulating live and fixed video images, and having plenty of fun with alternative controllers.

"The power of personal laptops has enabled the students to express musical concepts in an intuitive and immediate way," she said.

All of the musical compositions and applications presented in the May 1 show have been made in Max/MSP/Jitter, a graphical programming environment for multimedia.

"Max has a steep learning curve, especially for musicians that are not familiar with programming of any kind," Wang said. "The real fun with Max begins when you get past that initial stage and start creating patches that do specifically what you need for a performance. We have even gone beyond the audio realm and venture into video processing and human interface topics with game controllers."

For more information about the show or MSU's computer music class, contact Wang at 994-5743.

Hsiao-Lan Wang (406) 994-5743,