Nathan Wolek

Nathan Wolek

Chair of Creative Arts, Professor of Digital Arts and Music Technology

Dr. Wolek is an audio artist and researcher whose work has been shared across the United States, in addition to engagements in Korea, Germany, Norway, Canada and Brazil.

  • Ph.D., music technology, Northwestern University
  • B.M., digital arts, Stetson University

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Course Sampling

  • Electronic Music and Sound Design
  • Our Sonic World
  • Digital Audio Fundamentals

Areas of Expertise

  • Electronic Music (Production and History)
  • Soundscape, Acoustic Ecology, and Audio Field Recording
  • Laptops and Mobile Devices as Musical Instruments
  • Popular Music (Especially Studio Production)

Biography

Nathan Wolek is an audio artist and researcher whose work encompasses advanced signal processing techniques, multimedia performance, and electronic music history. Wolek completed his Ph.D. in Music Technology at Northwestern University and is currently Professor of Digital Arts at Stetson University in DeLand, FL. He is known primarily for the Granular Toolkit and LowkeyNW package, both popular extensions to Cycling74's Max. His music and sound installations feature rapid edits, gradually changing textures and environmental recordings of personal significance. Wolek has performed as a laptop instrumentalist and presented his creative work across the United States, in addition to engagements in Korea, Germany, Norway, Canada and Brazil. His research has been featured at the ICMC, SEAMUS, CMS, ATMI and SMPC conferences. In 2012, Wolek helped organize the first-ever Symposium for Laptop Ensembles and Orchestras (SLEO) at Louisiana State University. The same year, Wolek was named a Fulbright Scholar to Norway, where he worked primarily at the Bergen Center for Electronic Arts.

Research

Dr. Wolek is currently collaborating with Dr. Chaz Underriner on the Florida Springs Soundscape project, with support from the Institute for Water and Environmental Resilience. The project seeks to collect and catalog high-definition, 3D audio field recordings at Blue Springs and DeLeon Springs. Their goal is to introduce new audiences to these unique Florida soundscapes and connect regular visitors to the springs in a new way.

Publications

Selected Performances and Exhibitions
  • every tree. Sound artist. 5-10 August 2018. Included in sound installation exhibition for the International Computer Music Conference (Daegu Art Factory - Daegu, Korea). Selected via blind peer review.
  • A Wish for the Displaced. Technical producer, visual performer, programmer. 29-30 October 2016. Kirchgemeindehaus Aussersihl Zürich (Switzerland).
  • attack. Sound artist. October-November 2016. Included in the SOUND exhibit at Crisp- Ellert Art Museum (Flagler College - St. Augustine, FL). Curated by Michael Dickins and Barry Jones.
  • harbour view. Sound artist. 14-16 September 2012. Included in the B-Open 2012 presentation at the Bergen Center for Electronic Arts (Norway). Curated by Lars Ove Toft and Trond Lossius.
  • Collective Sites (Baton Rouge). Mobile Performance Group. Music director, programmer, performer. 15 April 2012. Campus of Louisiana State University (Baton Rogue, LA). Part of the Symposium for Laptop Ensembles and Orchestras (SLEO).
Publications
  • Model-View-Controller separation in Max using Jamoma. 2014. Co-authored with Trond Lossius (lead author), Théo de la Hogue, Pascal Baltazar, Timothy Place, and Julien Rabin. Proceedings of the joint 40th International Computer Music Conference (ICMC) & 11th Sound and Music Computing (SMC) Conference, Athens Greece, pp 1573-1580.
  • Demo: Using Jamama's MVC features to design an audio effect interface. 2014. Co-authored with Trond Lossius (lead author), Théo de la Hogue and Pascal Baltazar. Proceedings of the joint 40th International Computer Music Conference (ICMC) & 11th Sound and Music Computing (SMC) Conference, Athens Greece, pp 1792-1793.
  • Media representations of the laptop as musical instrument. 2012. Extended abstract. Proceedings of the Symposium for Laptop Ensembles and Orchestras (SLEO) at Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge, LA.
  • 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.