The Rutgers Electro-Acoustic Lab (REAL) includes two studios designed for sound generation, design and post-production for audio and video. Its main function is to serve as an environment for students and faculty to explore music technology through the realization of electroacoustic and computer based music. Access to the studios is primarily through course enrollment or by arrangement. A full-fledged recording facility, the studio can address the needs of composers and performers seeking music production. There is also the capability to address creative audio requirements for theater and film production.
The current setup includes a 56 channel Yamaha 02R96VCM 24bit digital recording console, an Apple QuadCore MacPro with 2 Terabytes of storage and outboard processing by DBX, PreSonus and Ensoniq. Several MIDI controllers are available, including two 88 key Korg Triton Workstations. Software includes Logic Studio, Final Cut Studio, Max/MSP and Reason. Studio A is targeted for a complete Nuendo production system and Studio B will contain a Pro Tools system.
Mark Zaki, composer and assistant professor of composition is the director of REAL.
REALtime Events – Fall 2012 TBA
Spring 2012 REALtime Events
L2Ork – Linux Laptop Orchestra from Virginia Tech
February 20, 2012 – Blackbox Theater
L2Ork (pronounced “lohrk”) stands for Linux Laptop Orchestra and is the world’s first orchestra of its kind built on Linux. L2Ork was founded by Dr. Ivica Ico Bukvic in May 2009, as part of Virginia Tech Music Department’s Digital Interactive Sound & Intermedia Studio (DISIS). L2Ork seeks to explore new and exciting opportunities that arise from combining the quintessential form of collaboration with centuries of tradition found in the Western orchestra, with affordable and versatile contemporary technology. In its current form L2Ork relies mainly upon the Pure-Data real-time graphical programming environment for audio, video, and graphics processing. Performances are realized using Nintendo Wiimotes and Nunchuk as well as various built-in laptop input devices (e.g. keyboard, trackpad, webcam) as hyper-instruments, in conjunction with custom-built hemispherical speakers for audio output.
Per Bloland: The Electromagnetically Prepared Piano – with the Kenners (Eliot Gattegno, saxophones; Eric Wubbels, piano)
March 28, 2012 – Mallery Room ( co-presented with the Mallery Series)
Composer Per Bloland’s Electromagnetically Prepared Piano allows for direct control of piano strings through the use of an array of electromagnets. The resultant sounds range from simple sine tones through complex, often ethereal textures. Bloland will demonstrate the Electromagnetically Prepared Piano, followed by a performance by the Kenners of Bloland’s recent composition Of Dust and Sand, for alto saxophone and piano with electromagnets. The demonstration consists of an exploration of the sonic capabilities of the device, including glissandos, timbral variations, and the use of audio files to make the strings “talk”.
Gene Coleman with members of N_JP: Naomi Sato (Sho) and Toshimaru Nakamura (electronics).
April 24, 2012 – Stedman Gallery
A cross-cultural electroacoustic performance featuring music by composer and bass-clarinetist Gene Coleman. The performance will feature a new work for bass clarinet, sho and live electronics called Tenchi.
The Electric Café Series is dedicated to presenting new and cutting-edge art music, with a particular emphasis on digital music and interactive intermedia performance. The concerts are under the direction of Assistant Professor Mark Zaki, and co-presented by the Rutgers–Camden Center for the Arts and the Rutgers Electro-Acoustic Lab (REAL).