Parade by Duller Colors: Third year students enrolled in Electronic Music Techniques (14-300) are assigned to record a full band. To record the drums in this recording, Jeffrey Wegrzyn used 10 microphones and high quality replacement samples to reinforce the snare and kick drum. This recording was produced in spring 2015.



A remake of Ice Ice Baby: Second year students enrolled in Electronic Music Techniques (14-300) are assigned to remake a well-known song. The goal is to create a new work with existing material, and students are encouraged to take musical and technical risks throughout. Some of the most successful remakes are those that see a song through a lens not intended by the original creator or expected by the listener. This recording was produced by Devan Szopinski in spring 2015.



Fake Plastic Trees by Radiohead cover: an assignment in Electronic Music Techniques (14-300) that requires students to cover a popular song with two audio layers; in this case, guitar and voice. In this recording, Eric Butch beautifully captures the simplicity of this song performed by Devan Szopinski.



Three Small Words written by Cristian Gonzales: an assignment in Electronic Music Techniques (14-300) that asks students to produce a song from beginning to end. Students must line up musicians, facilitate recording sessions, and produce a finished product. In this example, Devan Szopinski worked with her good friend, Cristian Gonzales, to lay down this original song. The recording was created in spring 2014.



Eyes off of You: an assignment in Electronic Music Techniques (14-300) that requires students to compose and produce an original song. In this work, William (Billy) Blocker wrote a song that uses a ukulele for accompaniment.



Meditatio Synzygia is a concert meditation composed by professor of music and composer-in-residence, Dr. Mike McFerron. This 8.1 surround sound (stereo version presented here) explores the intersections where science and art meet. From the ancient Greek, “suzugos” meaning “yoked together”, syzygy has been referred to as a “union of opposites.” In this fixed media electroacoustic composition, the similarities that bind seemingly opposite elements are examined; consonance and dissonance, drone and chime, sound and image, human intuition and algorithmic process, temporal time and musical time, physical and spiritual.

Abandoning a Western traditional 12-step division of the octave, Meditatio Synzygia divides the octave into 672 equal steps. In this composition, the audience hears each of these steps within the octave, and each chime progressively and systematically appears sooner than the previous chime, creating a telescoped dramatic musical shape. At the heart of this microtonal work is a transmogrifying drone, a textural pantina surface for which 672 distinct chimes blot.



Royals by Lorde cover: an assignment in Electronic Music Techniques (14-300) that requires students to cover a popular song with at least two audio and one MIDI layer: in this case, guitar, voice, and drum machine. In this recording, Brittani Alston puts together a fantastic mix of Lorde's famous song.



A short documentary about "Play the Building", a Recording Ensemble class project in 2009.



The Lewis University Choir Performs Missa "Qual'e il piu grande amor by Palestrina



Paul Pinto performing Canotila: Stretching Toward the Sky for claves and computer by Lewis University professor and composer-in-residence, Dr. Mike McFerron, in New York City.



Jayme Doyle, a Lewis University Music Technology student, performs her new song, "Everyday", on Windy City Live!