College of Music

University of Colorado Boulder


  • BLOrk performs in the Atlas Black Box with live video and dance

  • BLOrk
  • Visiting artist Janet Feder

    Visiting Artist Janet Feder while a group of avatars replicate the concert in Second Life

CAML I, II, and Crunch Computer Labs
The Computer-Assisted Music Laboratories I and II (CAML) are designed primarily for classroom instruction.  They feature numerous workstations, each with a Musical Instrument Digital Interface, sampling keyboard, and computer.  The CRUNCH lab, which is adjacent to the CAML Lab, is a full electronic music project studio.  This lab is optimized for computer music research (including live interactive performance systems) as well as sound recording and editing projects and audio/video production.  These labs are located in the basement of the North wing of the building.  You must fill out a Swipe Card Agreement Form in the music office to gain access for personal use.

Physical Computing Lab
Lead by Michael Theodore, the ATLAS Physical Computing Lab brings together musicians, artists, engineers, physicists, and technophiles to explore new directions in music-making and multimedia-art.  These “generalists” produce everything from electronic input devices, to solenoid percussion drivers, and even to building acoustic instruments and musical installations.  The participants in the Physical Computing Lab share the same goal of closing the gap between art and technology, but each participant has the freedom to explore her or his artistic goals.  The group usually meets once per week in the basement of ATLAS.

ATLAS Black Box Theater
In the heart of the the ATLAS building lies the “Black Box,” a 2362 sq. ft. performance space that is eminently configurable, allowing users the freedom to manage productions in an almost infinite number of ways. The Black Box is home to 1 permanent and 6 portable high-end projectors, chroma-key and full black-out production environments, a fully controllable saturated lighting rig affixed to a wire grid 20 ft above the performance floor, and dual 360 degree tracked curtains. The space is fully soundproofed, offers multi-track recording, and is HD-TV capable. A cyclorama makes “infinite space” scene compositions possible. Both wireless and wired broadband access is available throughout the Box.

Additional production space is available in a second 985 sq. ft. studio. As with the Black Box, full chroma-key and black-out environments are available, complimenting a complete suite of Standard Definition TV broadcast appliances. The studio is fully soundproofed and professionally lit with both automated and fine manual controls. Wireless and wired broadband access is present. Sets supporting any number of storyboards are easily moved in and out of the facility.

Both studios serve double-duty as fully soundproofed audio recording facilities, sharing a ProTools audio production system and the hardware and software necessary to digitally record, “sweeten,” edit, and process all forms of audio content.

A “green room,” adjacent to both studios, is furnished to provide performers with all necessary off-stage comforts.

Complementing the Black Box and broadcast studios is a ProTools equipped voice-over booth. From a segregated control space, readings can be multi-tracked and delivered in a variety of formats, including DAT, Mini-Disk, and CD.

All ATLAS production and control facilities are linked with intercom and closed-circuit video monitoring to ensure seamless communication. The ATLAS building provides Internet 2 videoconferencing support, allowing collaborative endeavors between creative groups from within and without the university community.

The ATLAS building represents a turnkey solution to the needs of faculty and students wishing to produce and share their works with the world at large – a solution empowered by a comprehensive menu of professional-quality tools and support.

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