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Pioneer urges women audio engineers to ‘raise your hands’ at every opportunity

Thu, 31 Oct 2019

During a recent master class, four-time Grammy Winner and Skywalker Sound director Leslie Ann Jones was impressed to find that nearly half of the University of Rochester students gathered were women.

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The art and science of sound

Tue, 29 Oct 2019

The University’s $3 million investment in a new state-of-the-art recording studio, control room, mixing rooms, and sound design lab is a major milestone for Rochester’s now six-year-old audio and music engineering program.

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The (drum) beat goes on for this musician engineer

Wed, 28 Aug 2019

Combining her life-long love for music with her interest in technology led Sanaa Finley ’23 to feel “right at home” at Rochester.

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Adding a vintage feel to modern audio recordings

Wed, 15 May 2019

Warble. Wow. Flutter. A team of audio and music engineering graduates is bring back these irregular, low-fi sounds from four-track cassette recordings of the 1980s and ’90s with a digital plug-in.

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Wells Award winners excel in engineering and humanities

Fri, 09 Nov 2018

They major in optical engineering and minor in Italian. Or work toward dual degrees in music and computer science. Or pursue two minors while majoring in audio and music engineering. Meet the graduating seniors from the Hajim School of Engineering and Applied Sciences honored for pursuing dual degrees or minors in the humanities.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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