Esther Kelty (DIGA Art 2007) recently completed her 40-minute documentary about Dan and Lori O’Brien and the community of volunteers that helped build them a new home. This Wisconsin couple began adopting siblings from foster care 15 years ago, but after seven adoptions their old home just was not big enough. Esther’s touching video chronicles the entire process through months of construction and captures the many faces of service along the way.
The video also features music by Jhaysonn Pathak (MUTE 2007). Congratulations to Esther on completing this labor of love!
DIGA Alumni Jana Fisher just released her official music video for “30k” from the EP “Ideals & Deals” . Her new EP will be released October 2nd!
Chester Udell (BM Digital Arts, 2005; profiled before on this site) will start the next academic year as Instructor of Music Technology at the University of Oregon. Chester recently completed his Ph.D. at the University of Florida and was even featured on the main UF home page via this YouTube video:
Congrats to Dr. Chester Udell on his new faculty appointment!
This week’s issue of the Orlando Weekly has a cover story on the local indie music scene. The cover features a collage in which you’ll find pictures of David Plakon (DIGA Sound 2009, with his band Saskatchewan) and Nathan Chase (DIGA Art 2001, with his band The Pauses). Inside the issue, you can read a nice feature about Saskatchewan or learn more about the Orange You Glad music festival where both bands played. Congrats to Nathan and David and all the local talent featured at Orange You Glad last weekend!
Cover art by PJ Tomayo. Used with permission of Orlando Weekly.
Daniel Capo (Piano Performance 2011) is another good example of how students can benefit from Digital Arts courses even when they are not a major. While at Stetson, Daniel took DIGA 461 as an elective and has continued to develop his electronic music skills after graduation. Late last year, he release a chiptunes album called O.S.T. – Original Soundtrack and was honored by Square Enix Music Online with a nomination for best chiptune album of the year. Daniel is currently pursuing an MFA in Electronic Music and Recording Techniques at Mills College. You can get his album on iTunes or Amazon or click the album cover below to visit his BandCamp site.
Album art: Daniel Capo
Parker Chapman (Chemistry 2009) may not have majored in Digital Arts, but he definitely enjoyed taking electives in the program, like DIGA 101 and 361. Parker was able to develop his skills and pursue his passion for making music in the recording studio. That work has continued since graduating and resulted in a EP called, Three or Four Words. The 6-tracks are for sale as a digital download with all proceeds going to Smile Train. Parker is currently applying to med schools and continues to record whenever he finds the time. Click on the album art below to preview or buy the album.
Leonidas Dezes (DIGA Art 2011) has recently finished mixing his album, Deep Into the Blue. He started recording this concept album as part of his senior research last year, but he continued working on the mix during his first semester of graduate work at UMBC. Leo is currently working toward his MFA in Imaging and Digital Arts and is a research assistant at the Imagining Research Center. Click on the image below and download his album.
Image credit: Leonidas Dezes
Alumni Alex McClung, DIGA Computer Science, was part of the Madden NFL 12 Developer Team at Electronic Arts where he currently works. They made a Madden Developer Team for the game which features the faces and stats of all the developers. Alex put a nice twist on his contribution to the team which you can read about here on his google+ page
Make sure you take a look at this article about Alumni (2004) Ben Burbank’s game entitled “And Just Like That I Was Free“. Ben made the game for the Ludum Dare which is a 48 hour game programing competition.