DAA Student Symposium

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The Studio as Instrument
The Studio as Composition Tool

April 7 & 8, 2021
Connect Online | Full Schedule 

The Department of Music coordinates a Digital Audio Arts Student Symposium each year. The symposium is primarily a project dissemination event for Applied Research in Digital Audio Arts II, an undergraduate music research-creation course that services fourth year Bachelor of Music students.

Other emerging scholar-artists, who are not in Applied Research in Digital Audio Arts II, may participate. The annual symposium is often an occasion to disseminate and celebrate the research of: student research-creation prize winners (e.g., ULethbridge Joyce and Ron Sakamoto Prize); graduate students from ULethbridge and from digital audio and music programmes at other institutions and universities; advanced and established scholar-artists who are invited to provide keynote addresses during the symposium.

In 2021, the online symposium features over eleven presenters, a remote/telematic jam guided by the ULethbridge Audio Engineering Society Student Chapter, a VR media room, and a keynote address by Singapore-based artist Dirk Stromberg. We are also pleased to include emerging scholar-artist from other Western Canadian institutions: Brandon University, The University of British Columbia (Vancouver and Okanagan campus), The University of Regina, and The University of Manitoba.

Although the theme of this year’s event is The Studio as Instrument, or The Studio as Composition Tool (taken from the namesake of Brian Ino’s 1983 article), participant’s research-creation presentations vary widely. Conforming to the theme was not a requirement for students in Applied Research in Digital Audio Arts II. However, during the 2020-2021 academic year, the theme was revealed naturally, based on the course readings that were regularly chosen by the students, themselves.

General areas of research will include musical genre, industry and entrepreneurship, reception of music technology by diverse communities, games, interfaces, synthesis, digital studio creation, and experimental design.

We acknowledge the passion, ingenuity, and the perseverance of all the participants of the 2021 Digital Audio Arts Student Symposium, especially with respect to their ability to overcome challenges as a result of institution/facility closures, the shift to remote learning from different geographical locations in Western Canada, and importantly, fewer opportunities to explore research-creation with colleagues in-the-flesh.


Room or Area: 
ulethbridge Online Presentation

Free admission 


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