Posts Tagged ‘Digital Audio Technology’

Cogswell Announces New Audio Faculty, Larry ‘the O’

Monday, September 20th, 2010

LarrytheOToys In the Attic principal Larry the O is now an adjunct faculty member in the B.S. Digital Audio Technology program at Cogswell Polytechnical College in Sunnyvale, Calif. Located in the beating heart of Silicon Valley, Cogswell has provided technical and engineering education in the San Francisco Bay Area since 1887, and began offering degrees in digital media production early in the game. In his first term, the O will be teaching Studio Recording 1, a required course in the Digital Audio Production track of the DAT program. The DAT Program, under the direction of Dr. Tim Duncan, gives students a thorough conceptual and theoretical grounding, in an environment that emphasizes real-world production situations.

Toys In the Attic is a unique company providing a variety of creative and production services in the areas of music and professional audio. The company consists of two divisions which provide services in two basic categories:

Production creates and/or shapes sound content. Services include: Music Composition, Sound Design, Music Production and Dialog Production.

Communications provides the highest quality writing and editing services, specializing in the presentation of audio or music technology.

-Bonnie Phelps, Dean of Institutional Advancement

Cogswell Announces New Game Audio Concentration

Friday, September 10th, 2010

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Who creates the sounds you hear in a game? Who builds the programs that drive the way players and sound interact in games? Why not you?

If this is your dream, then check out the Cogswell College’s new Game Audio major. Cogswell Polytechnical College will begin accepting students in the new educational opportunity in the Fall 2010. The program has two tracks, Game Audio Production and Game Audio Programming.

The Production track lets students create audio assets that play within a game, for example the music, sound effects or dialog, add another level of sensory experience to the game play.

The Programming track is for students who wish to setup how audio assets will interact with the player in response to game play. Sounds can trigger actions the player must take or avoid or influence the player’s behavior during the game.

All Game Audio students have the opportunity to work on multi-disciplinary teams in instructor-led projects to gain direct experience in applying game audio skills. These two tracks complement the existing Audio Production and Audio Engineering tracks of the Digital Audio Technology degree program.

For more information please contact Tim Duncan, Director of Digital Audio Technology at Cogswell Polytechnical College, at tduncan@cogswell.edu.

-Bonnie Phelps, Dean of Institutional Advancement

Meet Our Digital Audio Faculty

Wednesday, July 7th, 2010

Dr. Timothy 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 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 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. In addition to teaching, he has worked for Leapfrog Enterprises and the Asonda Corporation. 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.

Learn more about Cogswell’s Digital Audio degree program.

-Bonnie Phelps, Dean of Institutional Advancement

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.

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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

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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.

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