Creative Happenings in CITA

In the Computing in the Arts department, faculty and students are constantly working both in and out of class on their latest creative coding ideas.  The following are examples of faculty and student collaborations: 

 Laptop Orchestra Performance

Laptop Orchestra performs Terry Riley's "In C" 

These first-semester College of Charleston students recently performed Terry Riley's composition, "In C" on their laptop computers. Each student was enrolled in both Music Appreciation (MUSC 131) and Computer Science (CSCI 180) courses taught by faculty members Blake Stevens and Bill Manaris.

Visual Soundscapes

Daintree Drones - Kenneth Hanson 

This project is an example of sonification of digital images through computer programming. Students enrolled in two Computing in the Arts (CITA) courses selected beautiful or compelling images and then designed a set of musical parameters through which these images could be realized in sound. Students were free to select different parts of the image for specific musical functions.

In the end, visual, musical, and algorithmic processes become intimately intertwined. None is subservient to another. Through these works, the visual, aural, and algorithmic become one. 

For more information, refer to the Visual Soundscapes exhibit page.  

Computer Music Research

A College of Charleston research team has developed Monterey Mirror, a new interactive music performance system with artificial intelligence capabilities. The Monterey Mirror is an electronic music generator, powered by computer programming, that mirrors a performer and takes the place of a human in a live performance. Like all mirrors, it reflects back aspects of the performer, so that the performer can objectively hear what others hear. It is different from a recording, in that it does not repeat musical material verbatim, but instead captures deeper patterns and makes them apparent. Monterey Mirror has been developed with funding from the National Science Foundation secured through computer science professor Bill Manaris.

More videos are available at the CITA department's creative projects on vimeo.