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
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.
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.