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Lobel, Hugh Scholar In Residence


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research overview

  • Hugh Lobel develops and distributes MSDP: a robust, free and open-source platform for Multimedia Synthesis, Design, and Performance. Built around the paradigm of expandable guitar pedal boards, the 100+ modules included in the program provide all of the tooling required to design, script, and execute complex and exciting performances of audio, video, and multimedia art. The software leverages tooling from the latest updates to the language, popular Max community packages, externals, and abstractions, and custom-built NodeJS scripts, to provide a robust creation environment that stands in striking contrast to major audio and video editing platforms. Each of the 64 audio, 24 video, and 17 data modules can talk to each other from any location in your project, and can communicate to multiple modules and multiple boards, providing a truly egalitarian and non-linear performance space.


courses taught

  • CMDP 2860 - Performance Audio Recording
    Primary Instructor - Fall 2018 / Fall 2019
    Provides an overview of the recording process from the performer's perspective from soundcheck through final mastering, addressing contemporary issues in technology, web, and performance media. Uses recorded material from in-class sessions. Same as MUSC 2081.
  • CMDP 2870 - Recording Design
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2018 / Spring 2019
    Provides hands-on instruction in various sound recording techniques. Addresses acoustics, sound reinforcement, studio maintenance and troubleshooting. Taught through labs and individual recording projects. Same as MUSC 2091.
  • CMDP 3510 - Critical Media Practices Workshop II
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2018 / Fall 2018 / Spring 2019 / Fall 2019 / Spring 2020
    Training in narrow topics of media practices. Open to CMCI students and by permission of the instructor. May be repeated up to 7 total credit hours.
  • CMDP 3840 - Sound Practices
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2018
    Explores the aesthetics of sound through the study of sound art and sound culture. Reading and discussion covers theories, technologies, and histories that drive the medium. Students apply concepts by designing and building their own soundscapes. Classes will be organized around hands-on activities, lecture, and discussion of readings.
  • CMDP 3860 - Introduction to Music Technology
    Primary Instructor - Fall 2018 / Fall 2019
    Surveys the various tools and techniques in the field of music technology. Topics include an introduction to basic synthesis, digital signal processing, MIDI and audio sequencing, music notation and a historical perspective on electronic music. Same as MUSC 2061 and MUEL 2061.
  • CMDP 4860 - Computer Composition
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2018 / Spring 2019 / Spring 2020
    Learn strategies and techniques for generating and manipulating sound with computer-specific tools. Students' projects will include compositions, soundscapes, ambient environments and soundtracks for multimedia and performance projects. Same as MUEL 4111.
  • CMDP 4870 - Sound and Technology Topics
    Primary Instructor - Fall 2018
    Exploration of issues, techniques and tools of music and sound technology. Topics vary and may include: interactive systems for performance; music and mobile media; electronic music instrument design; digital synthesis and signal processing; music in multimedia; sound practices and analysis. Lecture during work sessions will support student projects.
  • IMUS 5093 - Contemporary Topics in Music Education
    Primary Instructor - Summer 2018