Monday, January 23, 2006

Putting our new studio together

A brief history of the physical location of the studio here at the University.

First it was located in/near the former TV studio control room, which offered a fairly typically sized studio space. It was moved a number of years ago from this dungeon to a bigger room, with many workstations. The goal in this case was to better integrate technology and teaching. What was discovered was that, in order to teach technology, the teachers had to understand it and use it in all of their classes.

Guess what?

That didn't happen, so when the computers got to be too old to fix anymore, a decision was made that all of the labs on campus would have Finale installed. That's right - the entire campus has Finale! That allowed us to go back to having 1 or 2 stations (with an additional 6-7 stations in the Art lab for bigger classes). Since we were able to concentrate our efforts on the smaller studio, we were able to purchase a 6.1 speaker system along with MAX/MSP and Jitter, and upgrade all of our software and mics. It isn't the world's greatest studio, but I am happy with it, and hope to greatly increase the quality of work that our students are doing.

We also moved back into the dungeon, a process that I have been working on last week and am still working on (and will probably be continuing to work on for a while). Along with upgrading and cleaning up the studio, I'm also working on a handbook that will be made available to all students in the studio, which will include not only advice on how to run the studio, but also an extensive bibliography, discography and glossary.

Sounds like fun, doesn't it?


Blogger Mike Boyd said...

Congratulations on what sounds like a great studio space! The move away from Finale in "computer music" spaces sound quite ideal - not having to deal with or support this really general practice software will really allow time and money to be spent on more intricate, interesting projects.

1/24/2006 1:03 PM  

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