Associate Professor of Digital Arts
Nathan Wolek is an audio artist and researcher whose work encompasses advanced signal processing techniques, multimedia performance, and electronic music history. His music features gradually changing textures, quivering pulses and environmental recordings of personal significance. Wolek has performed across the United States as a laptop instrumentalist, as well as performances in Canada and Brazil. Wolek uses his current role as Music Director of MPG: Mobile Performance Group to teach students about the potential of the laptop as a multimedia instrument. Wolek’s past software development includes Hipno, a plugin collection that Keyboard magazine called "just the antidote to sonic boredom that you need," and the Granular Toolkit, a collection of Max/MSP externals that is used by artists and researchers around the world. He is currently a contributor to Jamoma, an open-source platform for interactive performance systems.
- Ph.D., Music Technology, Northwestern University
- B.M., Digital Arts, Stetson University
- Advanced signal processing techniques
- Multimedia performance
- Electronic music history
- Laptops and mobile devices as musical instruments
- Intro to Digital Arts
- Audio Recording and Production
- Computer Music
- History of Electronic Music
- History of Popular Music
- "Hipno: Getting Started." 2005. Co-authored with Timothy Place (lead author) and Jesse Allison. Software manual for Cycling’74 and Electrotap.
- Granular Toolkit v1.0 for Cycling74's Max/MSP. 2001. Journal SEAMUS, Volume XVI, No. 2, pp 34-46.