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Things that go beep in the night

Ben Recht, Assistant Professor, Computer Science Dept

Date and Time: Apr 06, 2011 (12:30 PM)
Location: Orchard room (3280) at the Wisconsin Institute for Discovery Building


When I was a naive undergraduate and disenchanted with the prospect of becoming a math professor, I enrolled in graduate school at MIT to work on computer music. My career as an electroacoustic scholar ended quickly but opened my eyes to the world of interactive sound art. In this talk, I'll survey my own work using sound to explore our relationships to engineering and technology. I'll describe several of my projects from the last decade, outlining some of the questions with which my collaborators and I grappled. How do we relate to our sonic devices? Could these devices give us new experiences and new sounds? I'll close by discussing how we might build an interdisciplinary community to explore similar ideas here at Madison