Posts Tagged ‘Digital Audio Technology’

Samsung Tests Caxixi Application for the Omnia II Device at Cogswell

Friday, December 4th, 2009

CaxixiOn November 5, students at Cogswell were marching to the beat of a new drum – one they were testing for the Samsung Electronics Mobil Communications Lab. Caxixi (pronounced ca shi shi) – a new application written for Samsung Windows Mobile phones such as the Onmia – took center stage as Cogswell Digital Audio Technology students put the program through its paces.


Sumi Lim, Senior Marketing Manager and Martin Tannefors, Director Samsung Mobile Innovator, brought phones loaded with Caxixi and a film crew to campus then let the students explore the possibilities. Michael Novak, Chair of Cogswell’s Board of Trustees, put Samsung in touch with Cogswell. Thanks to Cogswell’s proximity to Samsung’s location in North San Jose and the College’s fully equipped audio labs, it was a perfect match.

Caxixi_phoneShaking the phone using various arm motions releases the pleasing, pebble against drum-head sound. The application can be used as a solo instrument or – in the Studio mode – lets you to arrange backing tracks, record arrangements, mix them together into your own songs and then send them to others. Users can even export them as WAV files to create personalized ringtones for their phones.

Our crew had a great time rocking to their own beat. Watch the video on YouTube!

-Bonnie Phelps, Dean of Institutional Advancement

Cogswell Faculty Spotlight – Dr. Tim Duncan, Digital Audio Technology

Friday, October 30th, 2009


Dr. Tim Duncan

Dr. Timothy Duncan has been a member of the faculty of Cogswell Polytechnical College for over a decade. In addition to full-time teaching he was Dean of the College from 2005-2008. Dr. Duncan founded the Digital Audio Technology program, where he teaches many of its courses. He has synthesized his broad understanding of the music profession and the music industry to create an innovative audio program that targets both the manufacturing and the music production sides of the audio industry.

Dr. Duncan is an award-winning composer, performer and educator who is equally at home working with technology and with traditional media. He has composed and performed a body of new music compositions as well as created visual pieces and music for modern dance that have brought him recognition in the form of awards and grants from the Southeast Interdisciplinary Fund, Meet the Composer, Inc., the Ohio Federation of Music Clubs, and the Mississippi Arts Commission (among others), as well as guest composer residencies in places such as the Meadows School of Music at SMU, the Conservatory at the University of Missouri-Kansas City, and the University of Memphis. Dr. Duncan was music director for 14 regional and university theatrical productions, which earned him a citation (as composer) in the Shakespeare Music Catalogue.

Dr. Duncan completed degrees at the Universities of Tennessee, Memphis and Cincinnati, as well as pursuing additional study at Brooklyn College, Carnegie Mellon University, Stanford University and the Atlantic Center for the Arts. He is a member of the College Music Society, the International Computer Music Association and the Interactive Audio Special Interest Group. Dr. Duncan’s areas of specialization include sound synthesis, music composition and computer programming.

What classes do you currently teach?

This term I am teaching Sound Synthesis, World Music, Music Theory and DAT Portfolio classes. In general I teach a wide range of classes within the Digital Audio Technology (DAT) program.

Do you have a favorite class to teach? If so, why?

Usually it is whatever course I am teaching at the moment.

Have you worked for non-academic companies in the past? Which ones? How did that experience make you a better teacher?

I worked for Leapfrog, which manufactures educational “appliances”. I worked on the audio side of thir production.