Published: Feb. 18, 2020

Computer screen showing a piano keyboard with the computer attached to a breadboard.Due to the circumstances of COVID-19, this series has been postponed. We hope to continue offering these and similar opportunities in the fall semester.

A series of free workshops designed to help musicians and technologists collaborate are being offered by CU Boulder’s ATLAS Institute.

Held weekly throughout the spring semester, the Music Technology Workshop Series connects those interested in music technology with faculty and students from ATLAS, CMCI and the College of Music as well as with others with specialized skills in music technology,  said Torin Hopkins, the workshop coordinator and an ATLAS PhD student who researches music interaction and music technology in Professor Ellen Yi -Luen Do's ACME Lab.  

“The workshops provide a space where ideas are born, alliances are made, where performances get inspired and people discover what they can really do," he said. "Through these workshops, we hope to empower the next generation to forge alliances between performers and technologists."

Upcoming workshop topics include "Connect Music to Neopixels," "Music Software Tools for Teaching and Learning Music," "Introduction to Supercollider" and "Creative Instrument Building with Makey Makey."

Hopkins will teach a third of the workshops and Wayne Seltzer, ATLAS technologist-in-residence, and Pete Pascente, CTD master's student, will each contribute a workshop. The remainder will be taught by Mariana Tamashiro, CTD master's student; Matt Bethancourt, TAM director and senior instructor; Ian Hales, ATLAS instructor; Hugh Lobel, scholar-in-residence, Critical Media Practices, and Sean Winters, CMCI lecturer.

"The real goal is to build a stronger community interested in music technology on campus and beyond by providing a space for people to meet, practice and help each other learn. We're bootstrapping a music-tech community," say Hopkins.

If you go...
Who: Open to everyone!
What: Music Technology Workshop Series 
When: Every Thursday, 2/20–3/19, 5:30–8:30 pm
Where: Roser ATLAS Center, various locations
Cost: Free—registration required
Hopkins, Seltzer and Pascente previously collaborated to create Jam Station in Do's Music Technology and Wellness class.  Jam Station promotes musical improvisation also known as "jamming," among those who have difficulties learning to play instruments. The project is now being displayed at Maker Made 2020 at Boulder Library’s Canyon Gallery, and the work has been submitted for academic conferences and maker fairs.