Digital Arts and Humanities

Mapping the Fourth of July
For many Americans celebrating the Fourth of July holiday translates to engaging in lighthearted festivities: firing up the grill for a day of barbecuing and revelry, and at dusk settling down to enjoy the twinkling of fireworks in myriad colors against a dark evening sky with neighbors, frien...
Home to one of the largest multichannel audio systems in the world, the Cube supports a wide range of audio approaches, from data sonification to spatial sound composition.
It is difficult to imagine the movie Jaws without its famous theme song. With just two alternating notes repeating over and over, becoming faster and faster as it progresses, the piece communicates suspense and impending danger. According to Jaws director Steven Spielberg, composer John Williams ...
Laptop Orchestra
What if a conductor didn’t have to rely on musicians playing bassoons and violas and timpani? What if the conductor’s very motions—the finger taps and arm flourishes—were what created the symphonic sounds? That question drives my students’ and my own passion for discovery with our unusual ensemble,...
OPERAcraft dress rehearsal
Opera, as a highly complex artform, can teach skills in many areas beyond vocal virtuosity and musical composition: storytelling, character development, scene construction, choreography, stagecraft. Several years ago, I wanted to use the multifaceted nature of opera to create the kind of intensive a...
Murmuration of starlings
How would science have unfolded differently across the centuries if Galileo had been an ecologist rather than an astronomer? Some researchers believe today’s scientific disciplines would have evolved just as they have; others suspect we might have developed a markedly different view of the world. ...
An 1861 celebration of the Fourth of July at the Union-controlled Camp Hamilton in Hampton, Virginia
At sunrise, three dozen cannons fired across the northern tip of Roanoke Island, North Carolina. To one soldier, their boom “sounded very much like war times, and appeared to arouse the very fish in the waters.” The band played several tunes, and by the time a Union regiment began marching to ...