The Florida Electroacoustic Music Studio
The Florida Electroacoustic Music Studio (FEMS) at the University of Florida, directed by Dr. James Paul Sain, is designed to support both composition and research. The primary focus of the facility is in the furtherance of contemporary art music. Courses are offered at both the graduate and undergraduate levels in topics such as the history and literature of electroacoustic music as well as the composition of electroacoustic music using realtime interactive applications, digital audio recording, editing, and sequencing, and the development of musical hardware devices.
Each semester students and faculty of electroacoustic music host concerts of current music in the genre. The UnBalanced Connection concert series highlights works by students as well as established composers. For seventeen years the School of Music, College of Fine Arts, the Center for the Performing Arts, and the FEMS presented the internationally renowned Florida Electroacoustic Music Festival. Students are encouraged to work on interdisciplinary projects.
As the flagship higher education institution for the state of Florida with a student population near 50,000, The University of Florida has numerous outstanding departments and colleges capable of supporting research between areas of study. Of particular interest to the student of electroacoustic music are studies in our departments of Electrical and Computer Engineering and Computer and Information Science and Engineering. These units offer the student an opportunity to work with internationally acclaimed researchers in neural networks, digital signal processing, and simulation modeling, to name a few. Several assistantships are available to graduate students in electroacoustic music that involve both teaching and systems development.
Director: Dr. James Paul Sain
Graduate Assistants: Andrew Babcock, Zach Lovitch, and Rob Seaback.