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USB Flat Microphone

This flat microphone uses a USB connection and can easily lay flat on a table. It also picks up audio in a wide range, making it great for recording a group of people in a room or for conference calls – with its USB connection it works great with Skype.

Mac Audio Adapter

If you’re in the middle of an audio project and you’re working on it on a Mac computer that doesn’t have a line in or microphone port, well here’s the adapter for you. It connects via USB and allows you to record via both line in and mic.

XLR Boom Microphone

The XLR Boom is a great microphone for shooting videos. It can be combined with a fishpole to gain extended reach to pick up even better audio. These microphones are great to use with our professional camera equipment and lighting to produce advanced video projects.

Shoe-Mount Boom Microphone

The Shoe-mount Mic is a small but powerful microphone that can be attached directly to any of our high-end cameras. It produces really great audio quality and is easy to use.

Headsets and Headphones

We have both headphones that use a standard audio plug (found on most mp3 players, computers, etc.) and headsets that use USB. The USB headsets also include a volume control and a microphone and are great for video calls.

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.

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