changes in the ncat

August 15th, 2014 | Jo

The Newell Center for Arts Technology saw its biggest equipment upgrade to date over the summer. We have replaced all of our older computers with new iMacs and Mac Pros, with larger displays for more screen real estate. HP scanners, Wacom pen tablets, and new Nektar MIDI controllers round out the workstations. The NCAT supports a wide variety of creative software for art, video, audio, and music notation. Even if you are not taking a class that meets in the NCAT, you are invited to come in and work during our open hours in the evenings. Hours are posted here (see link at left).

dr. farley awarded endowed professorship

June 21st, 2014 | Chris

Congratulations to Dr. Michael Farley, who has been appointed the Birdsong Professor of the Arts.  ”This professorship was funded by Terry ’69 and Lynn Birdsong ’68 to recognize and support the work of a distinguished, tenured professor in the Arts.  The Professor should demonstrate love of learning in her/his scholarly and performance/exhibition pursuits, but even more, in inspiring and motivating students to explore and achieve. The Birdsong Professor should be an exemplary teacher, as demonstrated by regular mentoring of students.”

Well-deserved recognition for one of our most dedicated faculty members.

facebook to acquire ncat for $436 billion

April 1st, 2014 | Chris

fncatIn a surprise announcement today, NCAT director Christopher Watts stated that Facebook is in the process of acquiring the NCAT from St. Lawrence University for a staggering 436.1 billion dollars.

“This came as a complete shock to me,” said David Rätselhaus, Dean of the SLU College of Music. “I don’t know what Facebook’s plans for the NCAT might be, but I’m excited by the prospect that all of the music instruction taking place in the NCAT could be replaced by an app in Facebook. It would save a ton of money in the staff budget. Beyond that, I can’t imagine what they’re up to.”

NCAT staff refused to comment further on the story. St. Lawrence president William Renard and Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerkorn both were unavailable for comment.

live interactive media performance feb 28

February 18th, 2014 | Chris

Posterchristopher watts and/versus machines

On February 28th, Dr. Watts will present a performance of new work that explores the relationship between person and machine. Join us at 8:00pm on the 28th in Peterson-Kermani Performance Hall.

The program will include three new original works (a live-interactive piece, a music video, and a live-coding performance) and new arrangements of several pop songs.

The performance serves as a public presentation of the work that Dr. Watts did during his sabbatical leave in the Fall 2013 semester. It is also an opportunity to show off the media capabilities of St. Lawrence’s Peterson-Kermani Performance Hall, which opened in 2010.

Sponsored by the Department of Music and the NCAT.

welcome back everyone!

January 14th, 2014 | Jo

The NCAT will begin open hours on Monday, January 20 at 4pm in the Lab (NC 003). Those hours this semester will be SUNDAY NOON – MIDNIGHT; MONDAY – THURSDAY 4:00pm – MIDNIGHT; SATURDAY NOON – 4:00pm;

Anyone with a valid SLU ID card can use the lab during open hours; you don’t have to be enrolled in a class. However, these are the ONLY times that the NCAT is open for general use, so please plan accordingly. Current open hours are always posted here.

If you have a class in the NCAT this semester, the doors will automatically unlock at your class time. Please note that the NCAT does not provide headphones for class sessions; students are responsible for bringing their own headphones to class when needed.

Here’s a list of some of the courses currently happening for the Spring 2014 semester:

  • AAH260A: Photography II, Prof. Kline
  • AAH248G/FILM248G/PCA312/313G: SPTP: Fever Archive, Prof. Kline
  • FILM222A&B: Documentary Filmmaking, Prof. Henderson
  • MUS220A: Music and Technology, Prof. Watts
  • MUS 350A: Composition, Prof. Watts
  • AAH: Senior Seminar, Prof. Hauber
  • FRPG188N: SEM: Music Image and Place, Prof. Farley
  • FILM347C: SPTP: Cinema & The City, Prof. Jenseth

Other classes will make use of NCAT facilities and resources, too. Contact the professor or department for more information about any of these courses.