Electro-Acoustic Music and other Multimedia
Dr. Dale E. Parson

Department of Computer Science
Room 260, Old Main
Kutztown University of Pennsylvania        
Email: p a r s o n AT kutztown.edu
Web: http://faculty.kutztown.edu/parson
Office: 484-646-4296
Fax: 484-646-4129
Make sure to visit Electro-Music.com!
Check out the annual Electro-Music Festival in September.

Here are links to some out-of-this world planetarium photos and the recorded musical performances and technical talks of planetarium events from September 2011 and March 2012 and September 2012 and March 2014 (Attack of the Wekinators! with invited guest Meg Schedel) There is a screen video here of Meg's March 29 audio recording using my custom Java visualization software.

Parson on banjo at
        Electro-Music 2010

Above is a photo of yours truly in the guise of Acoustic Interloper, performing a composition entitled Speck of Dust for processed banjo and the Scrabble-to-MIDI synthesized music generator at the Electro-Music 2010 Festival in upper New York state.

CSC520 students at the PACT conference in Octiober

This one is a shot of Michael A. Williams, Nelya Storozhyshina, Radhika Vunnam and Dylan Schwesinger demonstrating the Scrabble-to-MIDI system at the October 2010 PACT Conference for the PA State System Trustees and Board of Governors.

All recordings are copyrighted by Dale E. Parson, 2008-2013,
licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Unported License, see http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/. You may copy & repost these recordings as long as you attribute yours truly as the composer.

Here is my set from the electro-music 2013-2014 New Year's Eve webcast, including two 5-string banjos, an EBow, and various software effects, all described in more detail here.
ZIM13 is the Zero-Input Mixer Collaboration from Electro-Music 2013, performed by Jeremy DePrisco, Adam Holquist, Bill Manganaro, Joo Won Park, and myself.
"Four Pieces for Electronic 5-string Banjo" from the Electro-Music June 2013 Solstice webcast explore the range of the Nechville Universal Meteor banjo that I am using for research into real-time musical pattern matching. Thanks go to the Kutztown University Research Committee for funding this excellent piece of musical gear. I play a version of this set at Electro-Music 2013.
"Unit Impulse" is my five-movement solo piece from the Electro-Music March 2013 Equinox webcast. It consists of a single note from my acoustic five-string banjo processed in a large variety of ways over the course of 32 minutes. It was inspired by a banjo note's loose proximity to the idealized concept of a Unit Impulse in signal processing.
"The Cheese Stands Alone" is my solo Zero-Input Mixer piece from the Electro-Music 2012-2013 New Year's Eve webcast. There is a short write-up about it here.
Here is my solo session of a piece entitled "These Voices" performed on the Yamaha MG124cx Zero-Input Mixer, with effects and recorded samples via Ableton Live, laptop-based software in the mixer's feedback path. Zero-Input Mixer is a new instrument for me this year. Jeremy Parson and I will perform this piece at the September 5, 2012 planetarium seminar. Sierra Parson rearranged and recorded the vocal sample for this piece, near the end of the piece. There are two related pieces posted here, a Four-Person / Zero-Input Mixer Collaboration from September 7, and my solo performance of "These Voices" on September 9, both performed at Electro-Music 2012 in Huguenot, NY. The collaborators were Bill Manganaro, John Driscoll, Jeremy Parson and Dale Parson.
Here is the electro-solo of an Untitled Piece in Db Minor (melody by Jeremy Parson, see below) that I performed on Godin xtsa guitar synth and assorted electronics and software, at the Electro-Music 2011 Festival near Huguenot, NY on September 11. Scrabble-to-MIDI appears extensively in this piece, sometimes talking with a Pacarana / Kyma device, acknowledgements to the K.U. Research Committee for providing the latter music hardware / software system.
Here is the electro-solo of Passing Storm (see below) that I performed on 5-string banjo and Yamaya acoustic guitar and assorted electronics and software, at the Electro-Music 2011 Festival near Huguenot, NY on September 11.
Here is the electro-duet of Passing Storm (see below) that Jeremy Parson and I performed on 5-string banjo and Yamaya acoustic guitar (me), Martin acoustic bass (Jeremy), and assorted electronics and software, at the September 7, 2011 Grim Planetarium seminar.
Here is the electro-duet of an Untitled Piece in Db Minor that Jeremy Parson and I performed on Godin xtsa guitar synth (me), Fender Strat electric guitar (Jeremy), and assorted electronics and software, at the September 7, 2011 Grim Planetarium seminar. Scrabble-to-MIDI appears briefly in this piece.
Passing Storm, Electro Version is a processed acoustic guitar and banjo piece that I wrote and performed for the 2011 Summer Solstice Webcast at http://radio.electro-music.com on June 18. It uses the scale G A Bb C# D F F# G.
Crater Dust (in Just Intonation) and Passing are pair of compositions for the 2010-2011 New Year's Eve Webcast at http://radio.electro-music.com. Crater Dust was written by Art Cohen and Steve Bowman. I wrote Passing, using some custom software for both of these laptop performances.
A Speck of Dust is my processed banjo + Scrabble-to-MIDI performance from Electro-Music 2010 in the photo above. This one turned out fairly well, I think.
Here is a Live Mutilation of the above performance of A Speck of Dust by PHOBoS, who mutilated it remotely from the Netherlands during my performance via the streaming Internet feed at http://radio.electro-music.com. This mutilation is very well done!
Crater Dust (Cohen and Bowman) from Electro-Music 2010 was performed by Steve Bowman, Richard Lainhart, Mel Morley and myself. They were on keyboard synths and laptops. I used my Godin + Roland GR-33 guitar synth and laptop on this one.
Emergent Blues is my Summer Solstice composition for http://radio.electro-music.com, built in part from ideas not used at our Pocono Skies collaboration in May 2010.
Take Cover is my Scrabble-to-MIDI + guitar synth + banjo composition for the 2009-2010 New Year's Eve Webcast at http://radio.electro-music.com. The synchronization of the stringed instruments with the Scrabble game work well on this one and A Speck of Dust above. This version of Scrabble-to-MIDI uses "synthesizer mode" on the MacBookPro to generates sounds. My students and I have played this software as an ensemble numerous times and places.
Here is a processed banjo + MIDI guitar version of 49th Winter, a piece I originally wrote for banjo in March 2003 after cross-country skiing in a very quiet snowstorm in the woods. This performance is from the Fall 2009 Equinox webcast at http://radio.electro-music.com. I also performed this piece with Howard Moscovitz at the September 30, 2009 computer audio seminar at Kutztown University, and solo at the end of October at Electro-Music 2009.
Here is my Untitled Piece for Scrabble-to-MIDI from Summer Solstice 2009 at http://radio.electro-music.com. This was the public debut of Scrabble-to-MIDI a month after it became an instrument. This early version uses "sequencer mode," which gives somewhat less precise timing than the "synthesizer mode" added later, but it has some of its own unique metric qualities.
Appalachian Stream is my banjo + Ableton Live composition for the 2008-2009 New Year's Eve Webcast at http://radio.electro-music.com.
Ordinary Machinery is my banjo + Ableton Live composition from 2007, written by Sierra Parson, Jeremy Parson and myself. I performed a live version of this piece at Electro-Music 2008 in Kingsport TN. I am still hoping for Sierra to write me some more prose to use in this way.
Opposing Force is a chromatic piece I wrote for 5-string banjo a few days after George W. Bush was reelected in 2004. Jeremy Parson is on electric bass and I am on my guitar synth + a lot of custom software for the effects in this recording. I also performed this in an ensemble at Pocono Skies collaboration in May 2010.
Polarized Shuffle is a short (~1 minute) piece synthesized with the StringStudio software synthesizer using data captured, extracted and algorithmically altered from my MIDI guitar playing in testing software for the 2006 paper below.


MIDI and OSC Controller State Machines in ChucK is a talk that I gave at Electro-Music 2013 in Huguenot, NY, September 2013.
"Quantum Composition and Improvisation," Proceedings of the First International Workshop on Musical Metacreation (MUME 2012), Stanford University, October 9, 2012, http://www.metacreation.net/mume2012/. Here are the slides for the talk.
D. Parson & P. Reed, "The Planetarium as a Musical Instrument," Proceedings of the 12th International Conference on New Interfaces for Musical Expression, paper and interactive demo, University of Michigan, June 4-6, 2012.
D. Parson & R. Panuski, "Real-time Grammar-based Parsing and Restructuring of Musical Streams," Proceedings of the 2011 International Computer Music Conference, Huddersfield, UK, July 31 - August 5, 2011.
"Algorithmic Musical Improvisation from 2D Board Games," Proceedings of the 2010 International Computer Music Conference, New York City and Stony Brook, NY, June 1-5, 2010.
J. Baguyos, D. Wetzel, M. Boyle, B. Lander, S. McLaughlin, S. Hewitt, K. Martynes, D. Parson, A. Cole, "A Summary and Transcript of the ICMC 2010 UnConference UnSession on Computer Music Performance," 2010 International Computer Music Conference, New York City and Stony Brook, NY, June 5, 2010.
"Chess-based Composition and Improvisation for Non-musicians," Proceedings of the 9th International Conference on New Interfaces for Musical Expression, p. 157-158, paper and interactive demo, Pittsburgh, June 4-6, 2009.
“Real-time Detection of Finger Picking Musical Structures,” Proceedings of Ninth International Conference on Digital Audio Effects, Montreal, September, 2006. I also presented an invited talk and guitar synthesizer demo of this topic at the Second Annual Electro-Music Festival in Philadelphia, June, 2006, http://event.electro-music.com/.

RECENT EVENTS AND PERFORMANCES, with thanks to Dr. Phill Reed for being a gracious host in Grim Planetarium:


Joo Won
            Park & students, September 5, 2012 in Grim Planetarium

Mark Jenkins,
            students, Grim Planetarium, March 20, 2012

Michael O'Bannon,
            students & guests, Grim Planetarium, September 7, 2011

In April 2012 two students (Matt Basta & Jeremy Parson) and I performed the HexAtom game, that we had premiered in Grim Planetarium on March 20 (see above), at the 2012 PACISE Conference at Millersville University.

In April 2010
several Java Programming students and I performed Scrabble-to-MIDI for the 2010 PACISE Conference (PA Computer & Information Science Educators) at West Chester University of PA. I also gave the talk and performed with Millersville students at their annual Computer Science Symposium in April 2010.

September 30, 2009 Audio Seminar: Howard Moscovitz and I hosted a computer audio seminar in the evening, including a performance of Scrabble-to-MIDI by Raphael Francis, Ryan Huber, Steve Solomon and myself, that my Java Programming students and I wrote in Fall 2008 and Spring 2009. Here is a Reading Eagle second-page news article, including a photo, on the Scrabble-to-MIDI project. We also got a first-page lead-in with a photo of Ryan's game board GUI.

I hope to create a laboratory for multimedia processing research and courses at Kutztown University
over time. Please let me know if you would like to work in this area. We may be investigating integrating the Processing language into a course soon.

Black Vultures
            on a November Evening by Dale Parson, 2009.

Black Headed Vultures on a November Evening, original photo by Linda Parson, electronic treatment by Dale Parson, 2009.

Last edited 18 April, 2014.