Music 66 / Engineering Science 95me

Electronic Musical Instrument Design

Instructor: Paul D. Lehrman   •   M, W 1:30 - 2:45 pm

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What is this Course and Who Should Take It?

Course Requirements, Policies, Calendar


Readings, Documentation & Media

Lecture notes

Max Patch examples

Guest Presentations—Spring 2017:
All presentations are open to the public!

January 30: Leon Gruenbaum/Joe Waltz (Eventide)Samchillian, a relativistic instrument and Kidchillian

February 13: Vessela Stoyanova Marimba Lumina

March 8: Roger Linn (videoconference)The Linnstrument

March 29: Ruben Sonz-Barnes • ROLI Seaboard and Blocks

April 12: Jackson ClawsonThe Glass Harp

May 10: Student Final Project Presentations (10 am)

Read about this course:

Winter 2007

November 2006

August 2005

November 13, 2001

Bridging the Gap Between Art and Science Education Through Teaching Electronic Musical Instrument Design
by instructor Paul Lehrman and student Todd Ryan,
presented at the 5th
New Interfaces for Musical Expression (NIME)

conference, Vancouver, Canada, May 2005

2016 Final Projects
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The Glass Harp

Jackson Clawson
Tyler Klein
Rachel Marison
Morgan Rivers

The Dubsteps (2.0)

Joe Cirone
Thomas Coons
Jeremy Marcus
Eamon Wick
The Musical Desk

Parker Heyl
Nhu Q. (Ty) Nguyen
Paloma Ruiz-Ramon
Peter Wu

Tufts Electronic Music Ensemblevideos from our concerts

Project reports from past years…

The Cubes of [Whatever]

Cody Chen
Michael Ferdico
Jacob Katsiaficas
Kurt Oleson

The Sonic Pyramid

Gregory Bento
Andrew Jarowenko
Thomas Klimek
Michael Nuzzolo
Extra: The New WIRELESS
Spiral of Fifths

Ruben Sonz-Barnes


The Xenomod

Jasper Degens
Nate Grossman
Eli Jarzombek
Kyle Savidge

The Piezo Kalimba

Solomon Krevans
Brian McLaughlin
Chris Penny
Nick Picariello
The Spiral of Fifths

Josh Fishbein
Ruben Sonz-Barnes
Andrew Whitehead


The Rainflute

Case Jemison
Tom Cahill
Meredith Packer

The Jazz Hands

Drew Zeiba
Liam Cassidy
Saul Sparber

The Electric Slide
(a/k/a The Lehremin)

Ben Silver

Nick Adolph
Jake Lazarus


The Modular Composition Arcade

Ben Ewing
Eli Kohlenberg
Jeffrey Prescott
Scott Winther

Loop Loop Revolution

John Bradley
Scott Jacobson
Joo Kang

The Boxitron 5,000,000

Neil Foxman
Nick Harmon
Andrew Schweig
Jonathan Wolf

The E-Ccordian

Kristen Ford

Nick Fuchs
Zach Meyer
Lloyd Olson

The Laser Bass

Anit Das
Peter Edwards
Nate Typrowicz-Cohen
Andrew Kim

The DJ Hands

Tyler Andrews

Brian Bresee
Patrick McKelvy
Matt Seaton


The griDJ • The Kitty Bass • Big Daddy
The Sorcerer • Box O' Bouncy Balls
The Swords of MIDI


Max MIDI Talk Box • The Thimble-izer
The MIDI TrumpetThe Fanny Pick


The Racket Saber
Drum Pants

The Xenbox • The Octable
The Musical Stick • Red vs. Blue
MusicaI Shoes • The Electronic Baby
The MIDI Tie • One Man Band (v2.0)

Edward Sensorhands
The Digital Washboard
The Virtual Lunga
The Carstrument

The Ubertheremin
The Laserharp
The Robolunga
The Schwinnophone

The Four-Wheeled Cello
The M*A*R*T*H*A
The Big-A**Box
The Stringless Guitar

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