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Engineering a better guitar

Mon, 07 May 2018

As a classical guitarist, Juan Estrella ’18 chafes at the constraints traditional instruments place on artistic expression. As an engineer, he is attempting to create a “new electronic musical interface” that would set a new standard for instrument design.


Why does ice make that sound?

Fri, 27 Apr 2018

What began as a “silly pastime” of tossing ice chunks down a borehole in Taylor Glacier, Antarctica, has led to a video with more than 8 million views and a collaboration between an acoustics expert and a climate scientist.


Giving virtual reality a ‘visceral’ sound

Tue, 13 Feb 2018

Using recital halls as their “labs,” and recording some of the best music students in the world, University researchers are creating virtual reality videos of concerts that literally immerse viewers “within” the performance onstage.


Light and Sound Interactive conference puts Rochester at center of growing fields

Tue, 26 Sep 2017

Inspired by Austin's South by Southwest conference, the organizers of this year's event partnered with RIT and the City of Rochester to highlight the region as a source for innovation.


Designing a world of immersive sound

Fri, 08 Sep 2017

Using a new approach to flat-panel design, Mark Bocko and his team are creating inexpensive prototypes of speakers that double as wall hangings and overhead lights.


What we learn when a machine ‘listens’ to Miles Davis

Sat, 05 Aug 2017

Two undergraduates are spending their summer analyzing a recording that was first released nearly four decades before they were born.


New system displays song lyrics in real time, multiple languages

Tue, 16 May 2017

Zhiyao Duan, an assistant professor of electrical and computer engineering who also sings in the Chinese Choral Society of Rochester, lent his engineering skills to an innovation that provides the audience with live lyrics and translations.


Engineering skills meet ‘real world’ challenges

Wed, 03 May 2017

From drones that see color to devices that help veterinarians extract the objects our pets swallow, this year's Design Day showcases 87 seniors projects from students in five engineering departments and computer science.


The mysteries of music—and the key of data

Mon, 06 Mar 2017

Researchers at the University are at the cutting edge of the intersection of data science and music: developing databases to study music history, and creating algorithms to automatically identify a genre or singer.


QuadCast: The sound behind the Grammys

Thu, 09 Feb 2017

With awards presented in 84 different categories, what does it mean today to produce award-worthy audio? Student host Nick Bruno '17 checks in with Grammy Award-winner sound engineer Stephen Roessner, a lecturer in the University's audio and music engineering program.