thomas ciufo : research / teaching

research / writing / teaching


teaching acoustic ecology and sound art: dialogues across disciplines

<pedagogical research talk given most recently at the ecomusics & ecomusicologies 2014 conference>
<supporting web site, with presentation materials is here>


improvising with computers: will we be assimilated?

<an artist / research talk I have been presenting at a number of conferences>
<presentation slides (without audio / video) are here (pdf)>


computer-mediated / interactive performance:
moving boundary problem case study (pdf)

<a paper written w/ David Birchfield, presented at the enaction in arts conference, grenoble, france>
<listen to moving boundary problem>


SMALLab: a mediated platform for education (pdf)

<a paper written w/ David Birchfield and Gary Minyard while at ASU; presented at the ACM SIGGRAPH conference>
<see current project information or info on the the ASU - arts, media, and engineering program>


beginner's mind: an environment for sonic improvisation (pdf)

<a paper given at ICMC>
<listen to beginner's mind>


computer-mediated improvisation - ph.d. dissertation

dissertation table of contents / introduction (pdf)


design concepts and control strategies for interactive improvisational
music systems (pdf)

<a paper given at maxis2003>
<hear eighth nerve and read about eighth nerve guitar referenced in the above paper >


real-time sound/image manipulation and mapping in a performance setting (pdf)

<a paper given at dac2001 and maxis2002>


three meditations: a discussion of a recent work (pdf)

<includes background and context, aesthetic and technical concerns and analysis of each movement>
<listen to three meditations for prepared piano and computer>



<recent classes - with course web sites>


HONR 370: acoustic ecology and sound art: Towson University

<The fields of Acoustic Ecology and Sound Art are particularly concerned with how we create, interpret and interact with the sounds around us and how imbalances in the soundscape may have adverse effects upon human health and the natural world. Through critical inquiry and hands on creative practice, we will engage historical, conceptual, and aesthetic aspects of sound as a cultural, environmental, and artistic medium>

MUSC 482
: recording techniques 2: Towson University

<This recording course will focus on advanced tracking, editing, mixing, and production techniques. There will be in-class tech labs and demonstration sessions that will contribute to the development of core technical skills, as well as prepare students for individual and collaborative studio projects. Class meetings will include recording or production sessions in the Music Department studio>

MUSC 281: recording techniques 1: Towson University

<Through reading, discussion, listening sessions, independent research, technical tutorials and hands-on projects, we will examine the theory, techniques and practices surrounding audio recording. Particular class meetings will consist of recording sessions in the Music Department recording studio>

MUSC 114: music technology: Towson University

<Through reading, discussion, listening sessions, independent research, technical tutorials and hands-on projects we will examine the history, theory, techniques and practices surrounding the intersection of music and technology. There will be in class tech labs and tutorials that will contribute to the development of core technical skills, as well as prepare students for individual or collaborative projects>

VAST 205: new media: Holy Cross

<New Media radically explores diverse and contemporary methods of digital production and output, raising issues regarding the nature of the physical art object, the expanding role of emerging digital processes in artistic production, and the role new media art plays in the production and dissemination of contemporary artistic practice>

VAST 105: digital studio 1: Holy Cross

<A hands-on introduction to digital art making processes and approaches. Think creatively, work digitally and examine the potential of digital art making as a new form of art>

ARS 261 / MUS 261: sonic art: theory and practice: Smith College

<An exploration of conceptual, theoretical and compositional aspects of sound and listening, acoustics / psychoacoustics, social-cultural contexts of sound and recording, sound aesthetics and symbolism, soundscapes and acoustic ecology, as well as sound in relationship to other media>


ARS 166: introduction to media arts and technology: Smith College

<An exploration of the intersections of art and technology across a wide range of technologically mediated experimental / interdisciplinary practices, including digital imaging, sonic art, interactive installations, physical / tactile computing, digital writing, computer mediated performance, as well as emergent new media art and research topics>

CSC 106: introduction to computing and the arts: Smith College
team taught with Eitan Mendelowitz

<An exploration of computation as an artistic medium, with creative approaches to computer programming as the central theme. Through readings, viewings, group discussion, labs, projects, critiques, and guest artist / researcher presentations, we will examine a range of computational art practices, while developing a solid foundation in basic computer programming approaches and techniques>


music 11: Computers and Music: Brown University

<An introduction to the field of computer music that examines the intersection of music and technology, focusing on the use of electronics and computers in
composition, analysis, sound synthesis, and music performance>



music 181: Electronic Music Composition Seminar: Brown University

<A study of advanced techniques of composition employing electronic media, including composition in
large forms, use of the recording studio as a compositional environment, mixed media, and live electronic performance>