13th Annual Festival of the Moving Image


Come celebrate the 15th anniversary of the Digital Arts program at Stetson University by attending our 13th annual Festival of the Moving Image.
This year the Digital Arts program and  student organization Green Hat Media will expand our usual video and animation festival to also include interactive art, sound art, audio visual performance and music all created by Stetson students.
April 19th, 2011
Athens Theater
8:00 Doors open, interactive art works and music listening station in the lobby, live music performed by Jon Von Hoff aka SquidKnife
8:30 Video and Animation screening featuring video and animations by Stetson students
9:15 Awards Ceremony
9:30-10:30 Live audio visual performance of Leo Dezes’ senior thesis project Deep into the Blue


Submissions are open to all Stetson students, deadline for all submissions is 04.14.11 9:00pm

Interactive Art
Online Submission Form
Deadline 04.14.11 9:00pm
Submission open to all interactive works created by currently enrolled Stetson students. Accepted submissions will be installed throughout the Athens Theater. Submissions must include video documentation of your project hosted by youtube or vimeo. Please list all technical and space requirement and make note of what equipment you can supply and what equipment you will need provided. Please list name, group members name, email, title, url, technical and space requirements. If selected you will be required to help install your project on the 19th of April. For questions regarding this entry email Matt Roberts

Fixed Media Audio Works
Online Submission Form
Deadline 04.14.11 9:00pm
Submission open to all fixed media audio works created by currently enrolled Stetson students . Accepted submissions will be part of a listening station placed in the lobby of the Athens Theater. All submissions must be in stereo mp3 format and hosted online (sound cloud is recommended). Please list the following using the online submission form name, email, title, length, short description and credits, and url. For questions regarding this entry email Nathan Wolek nwolek@stetson,edu

Video and Animation
Online Submission Form
Deadline 04.14.11 9:00pm
Submissions open to all video and animation works created by currently enrolled Stetson students. Accepted submission will be screened on the main projection screen of the Athens Theater and will be considered for four cash award categories First Place, Second Place, Third Place and Audience Choice. All submissions must include a url to a video hosted by vimeo or youtube. If selected you must be able to provide a high quality version, in quicktime format, of your submission by the 17th of April. Please list the following using the online submission form name, email, title, length, url, description and credits. For questions regarding this entry email Derek Larson


Pathak Benefit Reminder

Stetson will be hosting a benefit concert in Lee Chapel on TONIGHT to help raise funds for uncovered medical expenses and post-transplant care.  Please show your support by coming out to hear some music and make a donation (big or small).

Jhaysonn with Dr. Cabeza


Jhaysonn Pathak Benefit Concerts

Digital Arts alum Jhaysonn Pathak (MUTE 2007) is battling Primary Refractory Hodgkin’s Lymphoma, a disease that requires a bone marrow transplant from his donor brother.  Stetson will be hosting a benefit concert in Lee Chapel on March 3 to help raise funds for uncovered medical expenses and post-transplant care.  There will also be an event called Jammin for Jhaysonn in Jacksonville on March 6.

Jhaysonn is passionate about the power of making art with computers.  He was a member of MPG and travelled with the group to both San Jose and Brooklyn, where his positive attitude and enthusiasm were infectious among the group members.  His own music is detailed and consistently blurred the lines between rhythmic and acousmatic electronic music.

Jhaysonn collecting sounds for MPG in San Jose, CA.

You can experience some of Jhaysonn’s work by:

You can show your support in several ways:



Last weekend, I had the pleasure of attending the 2011 SEAMUS national conference with 6 Digital Arts students. This annual event is hosted by a different university each year and we were lucky enough to have it at the University of Miami in 2011. This was a great opportunity for our students to travel down the interstate and experience some high-quality electro-acoustic music.

DIGA students at SEAMUS 2011. Back row: Hunter Lee, Patrick Sante, Jon Van Hoff. Front row: Meg Spivey, Liz Pollock, Michelle DuCharme.

The program consisted of 14 concerts in only 3 days, in addition to a variety of paper sessions detailing technical and aesthetic issues relevant to the field. Not for the faint of heart! But it is such a unique experience to be saturated in computer music and hang out with practitioners from around the country (plus a few from across the Atlantic).

I think the students left with a better picture of the variety of interests present in the field and appreciated the chance to “rub shoulders” with composers, performers and researchers who have made this type of music their passion. Some of people whose work we kept talking about (in no particular order) were: Adrian Moore, Bruno Ruviaro, Stephen David Beck, Butch Rovan, Elainie Lillios, John Gibson, Robert McClure, Meg Schedel, Ted Coffey and Scott Wyatt. There were others, but these folks seemed to have the most buzz in our conversations.

Also present at the conference was Chester Udell (BM DIGA 2005), who presented his piece Wakdjunkaga: the Trickster for soprano saxophone and interactive electronics. The piece was commissioned as a result of his winning first place in last year’s student competition. It was good to see Chester again and see how he progressing toward his doctorate from UF.

My piece also apply was featured in the Genelec Listening Room. Housed in one of UM’s audio production rooms, this venue featured a jukebox-style presentation where visitors could choose the pieces they wanted to hear and then enjoy listening to them on a set of quality speaker (with intense low-end, I must add!). It was a nice, relaxed atmosphere for featured composers to gather, hear each others’ work, and chat in between about the music.

Perhaps the highlight of the trip was meeting Max Mathews, widely acknowledged as the “Father of Computer Music”. Dr. Mathews was responsible for many of the first experiments in sound synthesis and analysis involving a computer while working at Bell Labs in the 1950s. His programming language for sound synthesis, known as Music I, established many conventions that persist to this day in languages such as Csound and RTcmix. The Max programming environment is also named in his honor.

Now in his 80s, Dr. Mathews is still a regular attender at national and international conferences. He was gracious enough to chat with us for a bit after one of the concerts and pose for the following picture. From left to right: Michelle DuCharme, Hunter Lee, Meg Spivey, Liz Pollock, Dr. Mathews, Dr. Wolek, and Patrick Sante.

Max Mathews takes a moment to pose with DIGA students and Dr. Wolek.

Special thanks to Kristine Burns and Colby Lieder for hosting such a fine conference. It was a very busy and very memorable trip to Miami for SEAMUS where Stetson and Digital Arts were represented well!


Timothy Place – lecture 11/1

Music tech entrepreneur and computer music developer Timothy Place will speak at Stetson University on Monday, Nov. 1. Place is co-founder of Electrotap and co-creator of the Teabox sensor interface, which revolutionized the ability of experimental electronic musicians to build innovative laptop-based systems that are far more responsive to human gestures. He also is lead developer of Jamoma, a platform for interactive arts-based research and performance, and a member of the Cycling74 development team, makers of Max/MSP/Jitter. His latest enterprise is the founding of 74 Objects LLC, which offers advisory options to customers in the field of real-time media in the arts. He holds degrees from the University of Missouri Kansas City and the State University of New York at Potsdam.

Place’s lecture, “Computer Music and Entrepreneurship,” will be held at 2:30 p.m. in duPont-Ball Library, lower level, Room 25, accessed from the Nemec Courtyard on the north side of the library, 134 E. Minnesota Ave., DeLand. It is free and open to the public. His visit to campus is sponsored by Stetson’s Digital Arts program and the university’s Artists & Lecturers Committee.


David Behrman @ ACA

David Behrman is an electronic music composer who was a member of the Sonic Arts Union along with Alvin Lucier, Robert Ashley and Gordon Mumma. He also worked throughout his career with the Merce Cunningham Dance Company.

This February and March, he will be doing a residency at the Atlantic Center for the Arts in New Smyrna Beach. There is still time to apply to work with Behrman during this residency. We have had several students and alumni participate in past residencies at the ACA, and they consistently talk about what a fulfilling experience it is.

I highly recommend you put together an application! The deadline is Oct 15.

Photo by: Maria Ludovici


Interesting job opening at the Exploratorium in San Francisco,

Just ran across this post for a job at the Exploratorium in San Francisco entitled NEW MEDIA DEVELOPER: TANGIBLE MEDIA EXHIBITS FOCUS.
I love the list of Minimum Qualifications: Fluency with one, and ability to hack some combination of Max/MSP/Jitter, Processing, Flash/ActionScript 3.0, openFrameworks. Familiarity with sensors (proximity, flex, pressure, capacitive, etc.), actuators (servo/stepper motors, solenoids, etc.), and physical/wireless interfaces. And the list goes on!

Here is the description
A position in the Exploratorium’s New Media department for an individual experienced in tangible media / physical computing (microcontroller, electronics, basic fabrication) and multiple programming languages. The successful candidate will design, prototype, develop, and maintain various interactives that interpret data from sensors, make things move or react in the physical world, activate immersive environments, drive sound and video, and talk to other software and devices. This is an opportunity to collaborate with leaders in the fields–internally and externally–on experiences that meld science, art and human perception to stimulate children and adults to learn through exploration, in a R&D, not-for-profit organization.


FamiLab: an Orlando-area hackerspace

FAMiLab member at the oscilloscope

I took a trip on Tuesday night with Dr. Bill Ball (of Poli Sci) down to Altamonte Springs to visit FAMiLab. There has been growing interest in hacking and making culture among the DIGA students, so I was excited to see another interested group of individuals just down the interstate. They are hacking webcams and LED signs, using arduinos and other microcontrollers, and building 3D printers.

For students, this would be a good chance for you to see what people are doing off campus. For alums in the Orlando area, this could be a great way to stay connected with other like minded folks. I would encourage you email these guys, join their mailing list and GET INVOLVED! Here’s more info:

FAMiLab is a non-profit community-based art and technology collective running out of Orlando, Fl (i.e. a hackerspace). The ultimate goal of the FAMiLab is to provide a safe space where hackers, makers, and crafters can wield their imagination with wild abandon. Think of the FAMiLab as a club for geeks! Be ye art geek, LARP geek, code geek, lab geek, or any geek in between–we would like you to join us at the lab and teach a workshop, lead a lecture, or simply work on a project while surrounded by awesome people. If you can think it, and can find the supplies, it’s fair game at the lab. Currently the FAMiLab calls an 400 sq. ft. warehouse in Altamonte Spring, Fl home. All 400 square feet are chock full of potential — potential hardware you can hack, potential books you can read, potential space you can claim as your own. Consider coming to one of our public meetings (which occur every Tuesday at 8pm) and finding out how to make your life cooler in the geekiest possible way!


Mirror Pal CD Release

Last summer I worked with students, Hogan Birney, Sean Kinberger and David Plakon on creating an interactive live audio/visual performance for Mirror Pal‘s CD release party. The students asked me to help them develop a multimedia performance for the release party and I was more than happy to help. We developed a live multiple camera setup for the stage performance of the band which allowed them to mix live stage shots, prerecorded video clips and realtime video manipulation. To do this we modified affordable security cameras to be easily placed on stage and created a mixing station to easily switch between the cameras. We also created our own software to mix the live footage with prerecorded clips and add effects in realtime. Audience members could also submit text messages which were mixed with the live images and projected during the performance. We also created an interactive photo booth that audience members could sit inside and create short animation that were used during the performance of the band. The project was very ambitious for three students but they did an outstanding job. Here is some video they created to document the event.


Guggenheim and YouTube team-up

The New York Times had an article today on a new partnership between the Guggenheim Museum and YouTube. Budding video artists can submit works online for consideration in this new biennial exhibition. The initial group will be narrowed to 200 works for review by a jury. These works will be featured on a special YouTube channel while the jury narrows the field to 20 selections. These 20 artists will have their work exhibited in four Guggenheim museums around the globe.

This is potentially an amazing opportunity! Deadline is July 31st, so get moving! Visit one of the following links for more info: