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Music 102 end of semester performance of ‘John Cage’s Circus On (1979)’

We had the pleasure of working with Professor Amy Wlodarski again this semester and her class will be showcasing their work during an electronic performance open to the public. Sounds like a hoot and we hope a lot of people show up to enjoy the show!

On Thursday, April 28th, Music 102 will present their annual performances of John Cage’s composition, Circus On: A Means for Translating a Book into a Performance Without Actors, a Performance which is both Literary and Musical or One or the Other (1979). The students, in compositional teams of major and non-majors, have each selected a book to translate into a chance-determined musical soundscape (complete with original poetry) according to Cage’s meticulous score.

The four compositions will last ten minutes each and will be preceded by a short preface. They are electronic compositions, so please do not expect live performances. In some cases, the outcomes are dramatic and lively. In others, the outcomes are subdued and sparse. Laughter, outrage, dismissal, and fun are all appropriate responses. As Cage once famously said, “I would rather people laugh at my pieces than cry.”

The students have worked hard for three weeks to execute these compositions, including studying Cage’s writings and authoring a manifesto explaining all of their creative and aesthetic decisions. As such, the compositions are not random but highly-controlled sound spaces in which space is translated into time and events in the book into creative sonic forms according to objective or chance-determined criteria.

The performances will be held in Weiss 235 and will begin promptly at 1:30pm. Should you join us later, please slip in the back door of the classroom.

Equipment Office Spring Hours

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Please note our hours for the remainder of the Spring Semester.  This is only for the equipment office and the main hallway, microroom, collaboration station will remain open when the building is open.  The building closes at 11pm each night so you will need to be in by that point in order to work late on your projects.  The podcast rooms and studio are available when the equipment office is open.  You may check out the room and use it after the equipment office closes although you are responsible for the room, all equipment in it and making sure the room is closed and locked when you leave.

If you have any questions, please contact mediacenter@dickinson.edu or call 245.1223.

Monday – Thursday:
8:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m.
Friday:
8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Saturday:
12:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Sunday:
12:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.

Looking for a few awesome employees

Are you awesome?  Like technology?  Interact well with human beings?  Can you show up to work on time?  Want to learn some new things?  If yes, you should apply for the Media Center Assistant position!

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TCWW Faculty Panel on Student Video Projects

Please join Professors Lullo, Humphreys, Hoefler, Schubert and Fratantuono for a brown bag lunch session of the TCWW as they discuss how and why they incorporated video projects into their courses.
You’ll see short clips of student-created videos and have an opportunity to discuss questions such as:
• Why did you decide to include a video project in your class?

• How did this project lend itself to the learning goals of your class?

• Did the video project augment or replace an existing project?

• Was the project modeled after a project you saw elsewhere?

• What was the level of effort required by both you and your students?

• How did you assess the video project?

The presenters have experience with incorporating a variety of video genres such as promotional videos, video blogs, interviews/documentaries, video mini-lectures and video demonstrations. Please bring a lunch and join us for what promises to be a lively discussion.

Michael Fratantuono – International Business & Management

Professor Jim Hoefler – Policy Studies

Policy & Management Senior Seminar students compose DVDs for non-profit organizations in the local community.

Professor Sherri Lullo – Asian Art History

ARTH 110: Introduction to the Arts of Asia
Topic: Japanese Print from Trout Gallery
Using narration over images.  Created using IMovie & series of images from Trout Gallery of Creative Commons files.
Students were each assigned a piece of Asian Art held by the college’s Trout Gallery and used the Ken Burns effect to display images of the piece while telling the story of it’s history.
Professor: Sheri Lullo-Art History
Course:ARTH 110: Introduction to the Arts of Asia

Full list of videos can be seen here

The Chinese Lacquer Box

Kawase Hasui – Beppu Kankaiji

Gathering Pines Japanese Print

Podcast: Kangxi Coin

Professor Dan Schubert – Health Studies

Dan’s students work with AIDS organizations to record oral histories from people who are HIV positive.  They then compile these into a final production to give back to the AIDS organizations they partnered with.

Professor Kristi Humphreys – Chemistry

Documentary Film

Professor David Warfield in his documentary film class

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Podcast & Studio Lights!

The Media Center was able to create two new podcast nooks and one large studio over the summer to accommodate the need for sound buffered areas for recording voice and music.  People love using the rooms although we found it was hard to sometimes verify if the rooms were in use since there a no windows on the door.  We certainly didn’t want to interrupt a recording in process so we invested in new lights that were installed outside the rooms so we could be sure when people were recording.  Stop by the media center to check out the new addition and play with the technology in the recording booths!

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TLT Workshop – Visualize Your Information

Create Word trees, tag clouds, bubble charts and more

When: Thursday Dec 2nd, 12 – 1 PM

Where: Bosler Microroom (020)

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TLT Workshop – Put Yourself on the Map

Celebrate GIS day & play with Google Earth

When: Tuesday Nov 16th, 12 – 1 PM

Where: Info Commons Classroom (Library)

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Media Center Renovation-Before, During & After

During the Summer of 2010, the Media Center went through a renovation and reorganization of our spaces.  We evaluated our needs in terms of which areas were growing and as a result we expanded our audio, video & collaborations spaces.  Here is a quick overview in pictures of the changes that have been implemented recently.

Media Center Hall

Old: The Hall was often used for group work. The space is used to walk though the lower level thus, group work made it difficult to pass through.  We created a Collaboration Station in the old equipment area so large group work could have a better space to meet.

New: Slightly reconfigured design with new carpet, paint and new door added to access the Podcast Nook.  Large movable white boards were added to aid brainstorming and group work.

Old Equipment Room/New Collaboration Station

Old: Our old setup had the check out desk in the front and the equipment scattered around the back area.  We thought the space could be used more efficiently, so we purged and consolidated equipment and moved the check out area to another room which fit the needs and space requirements better.  (see images  below)

During renovations in the back room we found a large hole in the wall where water was able to seep in, so that had to be repaired.  We  wanted the large space to be converted into 2 smaller rooms so a wall was built to divide the space.  One room would be used as a multimedia, collaborative workspace and the other side would serve as our staff  production and work center.

New: After the renovation, we added 4 computer stations (2 IMacs, 2 Mac Pros) which have Final Cut Pro and other audio, video and graphic software installed.  Additional editing hardware are connected to some of these stations for digitizing.  Two large display units are great for small group work or impromptu presentations.  The front area functions as our self service station which includes a video conversion rack, cd/dvd duplicator, LP conversion, & large format scanning.

Old Graphics/Video Editing Room

Old: Many of the functions from this room moved to the Collaborative Station seen in the pictures above.  We were interested in expanding the amount of stations offered in this area but the space wasn’t large enough to accommodate these needs.  We chose to move the equipment checkout to this area and move this space to the renovated room.

New: The new checkout space has a much better layout.  Everything is easily accessible and close by for our student consultants to retrieve for check outs.

The Studio

Old: The old preview room (Bosler 008) was a space that was used primarily as a small meeting space, movie viewing room or interviewing location.  We found that people were in need of a larger room with good acoustics for interviews and other video work.  We chose to redesign the space to accommodate these needs and make the space more multifunctional.

New: The  reconfigured space has a large 3 piece conference table that can be easily collapsed and moved out of the room leaving a large area open for video shooting, music recording, interviews or other needs.  Our Polycom video conference unit is housed here as well as our 2nd movable display/video conference unit.  A portable green screen can be checked out from the equipment office to use for shooting in this location.  A larger recording station is setup in this area including a usb keyboard, mixer, multiple vocal & instrument mics, usb turntable & IMac running Apple’s Logic recording software.

Podcast Nooks

Old: The Media Center previously had one podcast room that was converted from an old dark room.  There were 2 rooms that made up the dark room area, users had to walk through one room to get to the other. We removed the door between the two rooms and created a new door for the one room accessible from the Media Center Hall.  This allowed us to create two almost identical podcast nooks for Skyping, interviews, podcasting, video editing and music creation.

New: One of the most surprising things we have found with the renovation is the interest in using the Podcast Nooks for music creation.  There wasn’t an area on campus accessible to all students that could be used for this purpose and students have taken advantage of the space quite often for this use.  Each Podcast Nook is outfitted with an iMac with Skype, iMovie, Garageband and Audacity.  There is also a USB midi keyboard and mini mixer that can accommodate up to 4 mics.

Media Center Entryway

Old: The soft seating was removed from outside the doors and the Nate Kirkland Memorial was installed on the left.  On the other side, a display was mounted to showcase the work being created by students and faculty.  In the front hallway, a couch was installed to give students a place to sit while waiting to enter the Microroom for class.

New:

Tutorial Station

Old: Our previous tutorial station didn’t meet our growing needs and didn’t showcase our selection very well.  We installed a large display that showcases 24 tutorials in a visual, accessible way.

New:

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TLT Workshop – Life is Funny (or not)

Make a comic or graphic novel with Comic Life

When: Thursday Nov 4th, 12 – 1 PM

Where: Bosler Microroom (020)

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