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UIS to offer “Music and Computers” workshop

January 24, 2005

SPRINGFIELD - The music program at the University of Illinois at Springfield will host a six-week workshop on computer music applications that is open to all musicians in the community. Scheduled for February 9 through March 16, the workshop will meet Wednesdays from 6 until 9 p.m. in room 208 of the Health and Sciences Building on the UIS campus.

Area jazz musician and songwriter Brian Pryor will lead the workshop, which will focus on some of the new plug and play MIDI (musical instrument digital interface) and audio software. Sessions will consist of both demonstration and hands-on practice.

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Each participant will choose one of three areas in which to concentrate: computer-generated ensemble arrangements; computer-assisted learning; or scoring, notation, and arranging on computers. Participants will learn how to construct electronic practice arrangements, build multi-channel MIDI and audio compositions, and create scores and arrangements using computer software.

Said Pryor, “This workshop is for anyone who is musical. Over the course of the six weeks, they will all discover helpful ways to incorporate the computer into their daily musical routine.”

Pryor has created background music for many local TV commercials using MIDI and has built his own professional DAW (digital audio workstation), which he uses to compose, record, and master CD projects. He is a graduate of the jazz program at Southern Illinois University-Edwardsville and recently completed an M.A. at UIS, where he is also an adjunct faculty member.

Space is limited and advance registration is required. The workshop is free and open to the public; however suggested donations of $25 for UIS students and $40 for non-students will be used to develop and maintain the UIS Music Computer Lab.

Participants can earn one hour of academic credit by enrolling (as a regular or as a non-degree-seeking student) in MUS 301 Vocal Music Ensemble or MUS 305 Instrumental Music Ensemble. Regular UIS tuition and fees will be assessed.

For more information or to register, contact Sharon Graf, assistant professor of ethnomusicology at UIS, by phone at 206-6570 or Pryor by e-mail at bpryo1@uis.edu.

 

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