Category Archives: In the News

First Annual N_SEME

11/2/2011- The Computer Music Department is hosting the first annual N SEME. The National Student Electronic Music Event was created by and for students, aiming to bring together the nation’s composers and performers currently studying in the ever-growing field of electronic music. We welcome students to share ideas and learn from an experience completely surrounded by peers. Although the composers, performers, judges, and coordinators are all students, everyone is welcome to join us for this exciting event.

There will be two concerts on Wednesday, November 2nd. One concert will be 5:30 and another at 8 with a break in-between for a reception.NSEMENSEME-1 NSEME-2 NSEME-3 NSEME-4 NSEME-5 NSEME-6 NSEME-7

2011 Johns Hopkins Technology Fellowship Grant

9/5/2011- Graduate students Evan Combs and Griffin Cohen were recipients of a 2011 Johns Hopkins Technology Fellowship Grant. The grant was provided by the Center for Educational Resources at the Johns Hopkins University. The project was proposed as a series of tutorials and guides to assist in the teaching of the “Introduction to Computer Music” class taught by Dr. McGregor Boyle. The project is complete and can be viewed on our website under the Projects tab or HERE.

2011 SEAMUS Conference

12/12/2010- Graduate students Yi Wang, Evan Combs, and Patrick McMinn will each have a composition performed at the SEAMUS 2011 conference in Miami, Florida this January. Wang’s piece is entitled Talking Ocean, Combs’ piece is entitled A Short Stop for vibraphone and electronics, and McMinn’s piece entitled The Middle Place for trumpet, disklavier, and interactive electronics. Patrick McMinn’s piece was a finalist in the ASCAP/SEAMUS Student Competition.

Faculty Chamber Music Concert

Tuesday, 30 January 2007
Faculty Chamber Music Concert
Freidberg Hall, 8:00pm
Ticket prices: $18, $10 Seniors, $8 Students with IDNew Music; Now and Then…
Music from the year of Peabody’s founding and music from Peabody today.
Concert Program 
Bedrich Smetana: Piano trio in g, Op. 15
McGregor Boyle (Alumnus): “The Gray Man”for cello, bass,

and electronics (World Premiere)

Johannes Brahms: Serenade in D, Op. 11 (1857 – original chamber version)

Intermedia Fest

Intermedia Fest

4:00pm Mattin Center for the Arts

Johns Hopkins UniversityNew Media at the Intersection of Art, Music, Science and Technology

Presented by the Maryland Institute Collete of Art; JHU Digital Media Center; JHU Film and Media Studies Program; and the Peabody Conservatory of Music, Department of Computer Music. Events are all free and open to the public.The Intermedia Fest showcases collaborative project at the intersection of art, music, science, and technology by students of the Maryland Institute College of Art, Johns Hopkins University and the Peabody Conservatory of Music. The works explore a range of interactive, interdisciplinary and other uncategorizable forms that include installation, live performance, and electronic theater.Works:

  • Requiem for an Obsolete Computer (installation, 160 Offit). Chris Bassett, Nat Duca, Jason Lovelace, and Tom Symonds.
  • Conversations on the Nature of Life (performance, Swirnow Theatre). Jeremy Baguyos, Leo Dubrovsky, Levon Lewis, and Robert Hamilton
  • SUM: Subconscious Universal Melody (installation, 162 Offit). Wonsook Baik, Zachary Crockett, Charnan Lewis, and Charlie Stewart.
  • Visages (installation, Swirnow Theatre). Chuck Crow, David Hellman, Joerg Maier, Chryssie Nanou, and Axl Einar Wolff.

The Intermedia Fest is the culmination of Intermedia Studio, a joint course taught by Randall Packer (MICA), Joan Freedman (JHU), and McGregor Boyle (Peabody).

The Intermedia Fest takes place at the Mattin Center for the Arts, 3400 N. Charles St., Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore (410.516.3817), as part of a visual arts festival by JHU students.

Ballet Mécanique


7:30pm Friedberg Hall
Which piece takes a tam-tam, seven electric bells, a siren, three airplane propellers and a pair of earplugs to be performed? The answer is Georges Antheil’s Ballet Mécanique which will be presented at Friedberg Hall on February 17, at 7:30 p.m.. Composed in Paris in 1924 by the 24-year-old American, Georges Antheil, Ballet Mécanique was the first piece ever written solely for percussion orchestra. Combining sounds of the industrial age, atonal music, and jazz the original version calls for four bass drums, three xylophones, a tam-tam, seven electric bells, a siren and three different-sized airplane propellers (high wood, low wood, and metal) as well as two human-played pianos and 16 player pianos. Synchronizing player pianos however, was beyond the technology of the day, forcing Antheil to scale down the instrumentation. As a result, Antheil never heard his magnum opus the way in which it was originally envisioned.The Ballet Mécanique was intended to be more than a piece of music; it was conceived as a soundtrack for a film of the same name by cubist artist Fernand Leger, photographer Man Ray and cinematographer Dudley Murphy. Tragically, the synchronization issues were never resolved (to further complicate things, Antheil’s score turned out to be twice as long as the film). The two works were premiered separately, and have had separate lives. Thanks to Prof. Lehrman’s (Tufts University) realization of the Ballet Mécanique, the live performance synchronized to the film was premiered on the 13 of November at the Percussive Arts Society International Convention in Columbus, Ohio, by the Peabody Percussion Ensemble under Julian Pellicano. The Percussion Ensemble, with the aid of the Peabody Computer Music Department, will present this extraordinary work at Peabody’s Friedberg Hall on the 17 of February (7:30 p.m.). Admission is free.

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