Auto-Physio-Psychic

First they needed a name for their band. Then all they had to do was become successful.  

By Neely Steinberg ’99
 

A Different Kind of Audience

By Ioanida Costache ’12

For the past three weeks a group of string players have been working with Professor of Music David Schneider on a chamber music project designed to get classical music out of its traditional settings of classrooms and concert halls.  With Schneider on clarinet, a string quartet composed of UMass alumnus Ben Van Vliet, me on violin, Hana Kommel ’10 on viola and local cellist Wayne Smith prepared a range of pieces to bring to a different kind of audience.

The Sound of Place

Introtius-Lester

Sosatokeut Lesterenn !!!

Hi, My name is Lester Hu; in fact, my legal first name is Zhuqing, a Chinese word from a 7-century poem which means "a lonely island surrounded by clear water in a lake." Lester is a name that I have randomly picked up as my English name when I was 12 I guess.

A Taste of Music in the Pioneer Valley's Puerto Rican Community

To anyone unfamiliar with the Pioneer Valley (and this includes many college students here), it might seem out of place that Puerto Rican folk music could thrive in the area. But it does, and the large Puerto Rican populations spanning from Hartford to Holyoke support many local musicians playing traditional melodies. Victor Rios, shown in our documentary below, made his living for years playing Puerto Rican music as a full-time musician in the Valley.

"The Connection Between Sound and Place"

By Katherine Duke '05

Throughout her college years, Deidra Montgomery ’10 has been meeting up with other enthusiasts to raise her voice in a singing tradition called Sacred Harp. Now she’s conducting a formal study of her fellow singers. “I’m looking at who the Western Mass [Sacred Harp] community is, who makes it up and what a regular singing is like,” she says. Phil DuPont ’12 has been attending three Catholic Masses every week, at two different churches in Holyoke, Mass., listening to the differences in the songs and prayers at English- and Polish-language services. The singings and the churches are just a few examples of “Pioneer Valley Soundscapes.”

The Killer in Me: Music by Amy Speace '90

trs: Brainstorming soundscapes in the Pioneer Valley

Submitted by Thomas R. Sibley on Monday, 9/14/2009, at 7:55 AM
  1. Amherst Coffee — "Every Thursday evening Amherst Coffee plays host to local jazz group the Liberated Territory Collective."  What makes this venue interesting is the very small size of the space and the volume of the music.  It is not your normal, in-the-background coffee shop jazz performance.  It dominates the space, forcing patrons who wish to talk to lean in closer to one another.
  2. Pioneer Valley Performing Arts Charter Public School

Max Suechting @ CNMAT

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Social Networking

Wednesday, 6/10/2009, at 3:45 PM

Before I begin, I have to say that it’s a bit intimidating to look at my (rather pedestrian) posts alongside the work of Andy Schmeder (Wii remote hacking, pendaphonics) and Adrian Freed (stringless 12-string cello). My recommendation would be to stop reading this and scroll down on your browser to read about some truly interesting stuff.

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Introductions

Thursday, 6/4/2009, at 3:42 PM

Good afternoon and hello to everyone. My name is Max; this summer I have the privilege of working here at CNMAT on a variety of projects, with the generous support of the Amherst Center for Community Engagement and it’s Fellowships for Action programs, as well as the help of Richard Andrews and the rest of the CNMAT staff.

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Discover: Music, Melody, and the Strange Pull They Exert Over Our Minds

An interview with Associate Professor of Psychology Matthew Schulkind was featured in Discover's Brain 2009 issue. The cognitive psychologist discussed his interesting research on music and memory, and revealed how listening to music may help dementia patients recover lost memories.

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