Electronic Music Studios

The Electronic Music Studios at the University at Albany are a center for instruction and course-related student work. Our studios include three major centers, all housed in the Performing Arts Center. An additional computer music workstation is available for use by students in the Interactive Media Center of the main University Library. The Studio was founded in 1964 by Professor Emeritus Joel Chadabe, and is now directed, since 1999, by Associate Professor Bob Gluck. To learn the history, see our Legacy page.

The Teaching Lab
Our main teaching center is the Arts Teaching Lab. Most project-oriented classes are conducted in this setting, which includes ten workstations, four with computers that are networked to the internet and an arts server for data backup. The other six are configured to accommodate student laptops. Two workstations, including a teaching laptop station, are connected to a data projector. Additional computer workstations are available there and in the Music Library for musical notation and music theory activities. All ten are connected with a sound system through local mixers.

The Learning Lab
The Learning lab is equipped with two computer workstations, similar in design to the Teaching Lab but with higher-level Pro Tools LE systems. Both computers are networked to the internet and an arts server for data backup. Like the Teaching Lab, the Learning Lab computers include the following music software: digital audio editors (Peak and Audacity), sequencing applications (Pro Tools), and the music programming environment Max/MSP/Jitter. The Learning Lab is available only to students taking Electronic Music courses, and it is open during the same hours as the Music Department Office.

The Mastering Lab
This studio has a Pro Tools HD system and is used for editing and mastering recording sessions by students taking a Music Department course in recording technology. The actual recording of projects can be done using a mobile recording unit or on a Learning Lab computer that is connected to a small adjoining recording room (space for a single individual doing a vocal session).

The Courses
Electronic music courses at the University at Albany offer a creative learning environment integrating history, theory, composition, and studio practice. These courses are open to Music majors, minors, and other students. Students do work that reflects a range of disciplines and aesthetic practices, from the experimental tradition of electroacoustic music, to songwriting and audio production, to live performance. A major in Music with a concentration in Composition is available to students interested in completing a degree that combines building a strong musical background with a specialty area in one or more of these practices as well as notated composition. Here is a link to learn about the courses. (Studio courses are listed under Composition; “Analog and Digital: The Culture of Electronic Musical Composition” is listed under Music History and Musicology.) Periodically, students who have taken at least two courses within the Electronic Music sequence assist other students in their studio work in exchange for Independent Study credit. If you meet this requirement and are interested in assisting, speak with Prof. Bob Gluck.

Studio Rules
These labs are available exclusively for work in electronic music sound, and recording--NOT for writing papers, surfing the web, and checking your e-mail, which can be done at another campus facility or on your own computer.

  • ONLY students who are currently registered in a course listed in the Music Department or cross listed with Fine Art or Theater, for which work in these labs is required, may use these facilities and then only when admitted to the room by an authorized faculty member or administrator.
  • Use of this lab for external commercial projects is expressly prohibited, and violators will have their lab privileges permanently revoked.
  • Do not, under any circumstances, permit someone you do not know to have access to this lab. If you bring an artistic collaborator with you, you may not leave them alone unattended in the labs.
  • Food, drink, or smoke are prohibited in the labs.
  • The lab doors must be closed and locked when the last authorized student leaves the room. You cannot leave the door propped open while you leave the studios, even briefly.
  • Do not install any software on these machines. Violation of this will result in your loss of lab privileges. There are no exceptions.
  • Do not modify system settings, except as expressly permitted by an authorized faculty member.
  • Files must reside in FOLDERS—and NOT ON THE COMPUTER DESKTOP. You may store locally on the workspace partition of the computer hard drive, but you must do so WITHIN A FOLDER WITH YOUR NAME ON IT inside your class folder. Files found in the applications folder or left stray on the desktop will be deleted routinely. This includes files with clever names such as "Do Not Delete Me!" Folders in excess of 2 GB will be deleted routinely.
  • Always log out of the computers before you leave. PLEASE DO NOT POWER THESE COMPUTERS DOWN. Do not share the codes or passwords for computer login or server access with anyone not in your class.
  • Your use of this facility constitutes an agreement to these rules. If problems arise, stop work and send a detailed note to Prof. Bob Gluck (rgluck@albany.edu) or Prof. Albin Zak (azak@albany.edu).
  • Have fun. Do brilliant work, but please be gentle with the computers and studio equipment. It is all that we collectively have.