Teaching
Tom Lopez
design by nadya primak // brushes by linda rae // code by tom lopez © 2013-2017 fwmp
Oberlin College Associate Professor of Computer Music & Digital Arts

Sonic Arts Workshop Co-Director

The Sonic Arts Workshop is designed for high school students who want to focus on the composition of electroacoustic music and expand their technical and creative resources. Participants are chosen through a competitive selection process. The workshop is not open to students who have graduated from high school.

During this 10-day workshop, topics will include digital audio editing and manipulation, real-time computer music performance techniques, and discussion of pieces from the field's growing repertoire. The program will cover issues of interest to young composers heading toward conservatory studies and those generally interested in experimenting with electroacoustic music and its intersections with other disciplines.

From a teacher who participated in one of my teacher training workshops:

I had to share with you - my music appreciation students have been writing sound walks and going on each other's sound walks, and one wrote this: "I remember when I was in fifth grade trying to teach myself how to play the piano. In the book it explained half note, quarter notes and whole notes and of course the rests. To me the rhythm or pace of the cars passing is like those notes. The cars passing at 70 mph hour have a quick short swoosh. The cars in the slower lanes have a little bit longer swoosh and the sound flows a little better. Then you add the traffic from the access road at a slower 45 to 50 mph. These are great examples to me of Presto, Allegro, and Moderato. The different timings and lengths of the sounds are very similar to whole, half and quarter notes. The different timings and rhythm are a musical song that is complete when you finally add the various construction sounds and dogs barking. It's almost like a symphony." I thought that was SO COOL!