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Multimedia links to research, publications, creative works, and other professional activity by V.J. Manzo
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Education

PhD, MM, BA, and other education experiences

Teaching

Current teaching at WPI and other teaching experiences

Publications & Presentations

Books, journal articles, conference & invited lectures, and other publications

Research

Grants, sponsored projects, consulting, awards, and other projects

Music & Multimedia

Compositions, multimedia, and other creative works

Technology Development

Interactive music systems, algorithm libraries & SDKs, and other projects

Education

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Temple University
Ph.D. Music Education (2012)
Summa Cum Laude
Philadelphia, PA

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New York University
M.M. Music Technology (2007)
Magna Cum Laude
New York, NY

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Kean University
B.A. Music Education (2005)
Cum Laude
K-12 NJ State Teacher Certification
Union, NJ


Complementary Education

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University of California Santa Cruz
Certificate in Algorithmic Composition (2008)
Santa Cruz, CA

Teaching

Current Teaching

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Worcester Polytechnic Institute, Dept. of Humanities & Arts, Music Division, est. 1865
Assistant Professor of Music Technology & Cognition (2012 - present)
Assistant Professor of Interactive Media and Game Design [collaborative appointment] (2017 - present)

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Past Teaching

University Teaching

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Montclair State University, Cali School of Music, College of the Arts, est. 1908
Visiting Professor of Music Technology (2007 - 2012)

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Kean University, Conservatory of Music, College of Visual & Performing Arts, est. 1855

Adjunct Professor of Music (2007 - 2011)

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New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT), Department of Information Technology, College of Computing Sciences, est. 1881
Visiting Specialist - Music Technology (2011 - 2012)

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Scholarship



Publications

"My publications typically focus on the use of technology to facilitate musicianship as well as a range of topics including music theory, technology, and education; in particular, the notion of using technology to facilitate musicianship with non-musicians, and separating the cognitive functions of musicianship from the physical actions of performance."

Featured Publications

Books

Manzo, V.J. (2016). Max/MSP/Jitter for Music, 2nd Edition. New York, NY: Oxford University Press.
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Bianchi, F., Manzo, V.J. (Eds.). (2016). Environmental Sound Artists. New York, NY: Oxford University Press.
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Manzo, V.J. (2015). Foundations of Music Technology. New York, NY: Oxford University Press.
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Manzo, V.J., Kuhn, W. (2015). Interactive Composition. New York, NY: Oxford University Press.
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Manzo, V.J. (2011). Max/MSP/Jitter for Music. New York, NY: Oxford University Press.
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Book Contributions

Rothenberg, D. (2013). Bug music: How Insects Gave Us Rhythm and Noise. New York: St. Martin's Press. (Contributed insect gradual quantization attraction algorithm model).
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Miller, E. (2011). Bio-Guided Music Therapy: A practitioner's guide to the clinical integration of music and biofeedback. London: Jessica Kingsley Publishers, pp. 79 - 83 (Contributed chapter Personal experience at the juncture of music and physiology).
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Publications in Peer-reviewed Journals & Conference Proceedings

Manzo, V.J., Manzo, D. (2015). Interactive music systems within multimedia game development environments. Journal of Technology in Music Learning (JTML), 5(2).
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Manzo, V.J. (2014). Software-assisted harmonic function discrimination. Journal of Music, Technology & Education (JMTE), 7(1), 23 - 37.
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Manzo, V.J., Manzo, D. (2013). Game programming environments for musical interactions [revised]. Symposium, the Premier Journal of The College Music Society: Music Business and Industry, Volume 53.
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Manzo, V.J., Halper, M., Halper, M. R. (2011). Multimedia-Based Visual Programming Promoting Core Competencies in IT Education. Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) / SIGITE National Conference Proceedings, pp. 203 - 208.
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Publications in Professional Periodicals

Manzo, V.J., Dammers, R., Lopresti, M. (2013). The New Jersey TI:ME tech expo. Tempo, Publication of the New Jersey Music Educators Association, Volume 68, Number 1, pp. 34 - 36.
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Manzo, V.J. (2012). Separating physical actions from cognition via technology-based instruments. Tempo, Publication of the New Jersey Music Educators Association, Volume 67, Number 1, pp. 34 - 36.
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Manzo, V.J. (2011). Software-assisted composition instruction for non-music students. [revised] Tempo, Publication of the New Jersey Music Educators Association, Volume 66, Number 1, pp. 24 - 27.
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Manzo, V.J. (2011). Software-assisted composition Instruction for non-music students. TI:ME, Publication of the Technology Institute for Music Education, Volume 3, Number 1, pp. 3 - 9.
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Manzo, V.J. (2010). Let technology facilitate your objectives. TI:ME, Publication of the Technology Institute for Music Education, Volume 2, Number 2, pp. 2 - 9.
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Manzo, V.J. (2008). EAMIR: an interactive music system for education. SoundWaves/SoundTree, [online article], pp. 1 - 4.
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Other Publications

Academic
Manzo, V.J. (2015). Foundations of Music Technology: Instructor manual. New York, NY: Oxford University Press.
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Manzo, V.J. (2012). The effects of polyphonic interactive music systems on determining harmonic functions. (Doctoral Dissertation) Temple University. Ann Arbor: ProQuest/UMI, 2012. (Publication No. 11076.)
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Manzo, V.J. (2012). Polyphonic instrument background as bias in determining harmony aurally. (Independent Graduate Research) Temple University.
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Manzo, V.J. (2011). Confounding pitch-height in studies of tonal hierarchy. (Independent Graduate Research) Temple University.
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Manzo, V.J. (2010). Computer-aided Composition with High School Non-music Students. Read at College Music Society (CMS) / Assoc. for Technology in Music Instruction (ATMI) National Conference
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Manzo, V.J. (2007). Implementing modality in algorithmic composition. (Independent Graduate Research) New York University.
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Fiction & Other Creative Writing
Manzo, V.J. (2014). Before Heaven: RPG story and gameplay narrative. Published by Clear Blue Media and Knockout Media.
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Manzo, V.J. (2004). Before Heaven: a music fantasy novella. Published by Clear Blue Media.
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Manzo, V.J. (2003). The Parallel: a short story and concept album. Published by Clear Blue Media.
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Citations

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Editorial Positions

2012 —
Symposium, the Journal of The College Music Society (CMS), est. 1958.
 ο Editor. Music business and industry (MBI). (2015 - present)
 ο Editorial board member. Music business and industry (MBI). (2012 - present)
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External Reviewer

2013
Advanced Robotics, peer-reviewed journal of The University of Essex. Peer-reviewer for full paper: “Natural human-robot musical interaction: understanding the music conductor gestures by using the WB-4 inertial measurement system” Cosentino, S., Petersen, K., Lin, Z., Bartolomeo L., Sessa S., Zecca M., Takanishi, A.





Presentations & Lectures

"I have had the opportunity to present my ideas on a variety of topics in music, music technology, and composition at conferences, forums, and universities. I am appreciative of the opportunity to interact with colleagues throughout the world as well as the opportunity to discuss new ideas and collaborative paths that sometimes form through this interaction."

Featured Presentations & Lectures

Conference Presentations

2017
College Music Society (CMS) / Assoc. for Technology in Music Instruction (ATMI) National Conference. San Antonio, TX. Session Co-lecturer with Matthew Halper (Kean University) “The Camera Eye: Higher-Level Topics in Mainstage for Live Performance”.

2017
Ohio Music Educators Assoc. (OMEA) Regional Conference. Cleveland, OH. Session lecturer with Music Technology Leadership Academy (MTLA) on "Engaging Music Creativity Through Technology".
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2016
College Music Society (CMS) / Assoc. for Technology in Music Instruction (ATMI) National Conference. Santa Fe, NM. Session Co-lecturer with Matthew Halper (Kean University) “Guitar Amplifier Modeling: Hardware vs. Software Technologies”, and Session Presider.
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2016
Technology Institute for Music Education (TI:ME) National Conference / Texas Music Educators Association (TMEA). San Antonio, Academy Instructor and Presenter. “Music Technology Leadership Academy (MTLA)”, and a panelist for the "Celebrating & Assessing Creativity" panel discussion.
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2015
College Music Society (CMS) / Assoc. for Technology in Music Instruction (ATMI) National Conference. Indianapolis, IN. Session Co-lecturer with Matthew Halper (Kean University) “Multi-controller Configurations for Live Performance using MainStage”, and session Co-lecturer Dan Manzo (WPI Graduate Student) “Using Game Development Engines to Create Interactive Music Learning Environments”, and Session Presider.
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2015
Technology Institute for Music Education (TI:ME) National Conference / Texas Music Educators Association (TMEA). San Antonio, TX Co-presenter with Will Kuhn (Cincinnati Christian University) for session “Interactive Composition”, and Academy Instructor. “Engaging Music Creativity Through Technology (EMCT2)”.
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2014
College Music Society (CMS) / Assoc. for Technology in Music Instruction (ATMI) National Conference. St. Louis, MO. Session Co-lecturer with Dan Manzo (WPI Graduate Student) “Using Game Development Engines to Create Interactive Music Learning Environments” and Multiple-Session Presider.
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2014
Technology Institute for Music Education (TI:ME) National Conference / Texas Music Educators Association (TMEA). San Antonio, TX (via University of Victoria, Wellington, New Zealand) Session Lecturer and Academy Instructor. “Engaging Music Creativity Through Technology (EMCT2)”.
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2013
College Music Society (CMS) / Assoc. for Technology in Music Instruction (ATMI) National Conference. Cambridge, MA. Session Co-lecturer with Dan Manzo (NJIT Undergraduate Student) “Interactive Music Systems within Multimedia Gaming Environments” and Showcase Presenter “Adaptive Interface Environment Design for Musical Applications*”
*Co-presented with WPI Undergraduate Students: Paulo Carvalho (ME), Rayce Stipanovich (ME)
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2013
American Music Therapy Association. Scranton, PA. Session Lecturer and Interactive Installation, and “Developing Interactive Music Systems for Composition and Performance with Special Needs Populations*”
*Co-presented with WPI undergraduate student Ryan McKenna (EE)
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2013
Technology Institute for Music Education (TI:ME) National Conference / Texas Music Educators Association (TMEA). San Antonio, TX. Session Lecturer and Academy Instructor. “Engaging Music Creativity Through Technology (EMCT2)”.
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2013
New Jersey Music Educators Assoc. (NJMEA) Conference. East Brunswick, NJ. Session Lecturer. “Establishing a music technology lab from start to finish”.
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2012
College Music Society (CMS) / Assoc. for Technology in Music Instruction (ATMI) National Conference. San Diego, CA. Multiple Session Lecturer. “The Effects of Polyphonic Interactive Music Systems on Determining Harmonic Functions” and “Engaging Music Creativity Through Technology”
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2012
American Composer's Forum (ACF). Philadelphia, PA. Guest Lecturer. “Interactive music system development for composition”.
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2012
National Association for Music Education (formerly MENC) 2012 Biennial Music Educators National Conference. St. Louis. MO Panel Discussion Member. “Informal music learning”.
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2012
New Jersey Music Educators Assoc. (NJMEA) Conference. East Brunswick, NJ. Multiple Session Lecturer. “Music technology in the classroom” and “Interactive Music Technology Performance”.
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2012
Technology Institute for Music Ed. (TI:ME) National Conference / Jazz Education Network (JEN). Louisville, KY. Session Lecturer & Co-Director NAMM Research Grant Leadership Academy. “Creating interactive music systems for composition, performance, and improvisation through Max/MSP/Jitter” and “Technology for Music Educators”.
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2011
Bergen Country College Information Technology Conference. Paramus, NJ. Session Lecturer. “Multimedia-Based Visual Programming Promoting Core Competencies in IT Education”.
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2011
National Student Electronic Music Event (NSEME) / Peabody Institute. Baltimore, MD. Composition Performance. “Nil for guitar and interactive music system”.
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2011
Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) / SIGITE National Conference. West Point, NY. Session co-lecturer with Dr. Michael Halper, New Jersey Institute of Technology. “Multimedia-Based Visual Programming Promoting Core Competencies in IT Education”.
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2011
College Music Society (CMS) / Assoc. for Technology in Music Instruction (ATMI) National Conference. Richmond, VA. Multiple Session Lecturer. “Interactive Music Technology Curriculum Project” and “Creating interactive music systems for composition, performance, and education through Max/MSP/Jitter”.
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2011
Cycling 74's Max/MSP Expo 74 Conference. New York, NY
Poster Session. “Max/MSP/Jitter for Music: interactive music systems for composition, performance, education, research, and more”.
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2011
American String Teachers Association (ASTA) Chamber Music Institute (CMI). Union, NJ. Instructor/Session Lecturer. “Interactive music technology”.
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2011
New Jersey Music Educators Association (NJMEA) Conference. East Brunswick, NJ. Multiple Session Lecturer. “Interactive Music Technology Curriculum Project” and “Technology for music cognition”.
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2011
Technology Institute for Music Education (TI:ME) National Conference / Ohio Music Educators Association (OMEA). Cincinnati, OH. Session Lecturer. “Interactive Music Technology Curriculum Project (IMTCP)”.
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2010
Vermont Music Educators Association (VMEA) Music & Technology Conference / Vermont MIDI Project. Vergennes, VT. Session Lecturer. “EAMIR: the electro-acoustic musically interactive room”.
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2010
College Music Society (CMS) / Assoc. for Technology in Music Instruction (ATMI) National Conference. Minneapolis, MN. Session Lecturer & Hands-on Workshop Presentation. “Developing interactive music technology for composition, performance, and instruction”.
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2010
American String Teachers Association (ASTA) Chamber Music Institute (CMI). Union, NJ. Instructor/Session Lecturer. “Interactive technology for performance”.
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2010
International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) Music & Tech Special Interest Group (SIGMT). Denver, CO. Keynote Lecture
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2010
Society for Electro-acoustic Music in the United States (SEAMUS) National Conference. St. Cloud, MN. Composition & Performance. “EAMIR: an interactive music system for education”.
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2010
Technology Institute for Music Ed. (TI:ME) National Conference / NJMEA. East Brunswick, NJ. Session Lecturer & Hands-on Workshop Presentation. “Interactive music systems for education, therapy, and disabled populations”.
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2010
Collegiate Music Educators National Conference State Conference. Montclair, NJ. Session Lecturer. “Interactive music technology for education, therapy, and research”.
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2010
Technology Institute for Music Ed. (TI:ME) Central Regional Conference / Ohio Music Ed. Assoc. (OMEA) . Cincinnati, OH. Keynote Lecture. “Emerging interactive technology for music composition, performance, and education”.
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2009
College Music Society (CMS) / Assoc. for Technology in Music Instruction (ATMI) National Conference. Portland, OR. Session Lecturer & Technology Showcase Participant Recipient: 2009 Best Student Presentation Award. “EAMIR: the electro-acoustic musically interactive room”.
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2009
Technology Institute for Music Education (TI:ME) / NJMEA Conference. East Brunswick, NJ. Multiple Session Lecturer. “Implementing music technology in the classroom”.
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2009
American String Teachers Association (ASTA) Chamber Music Institute (CMI). Union, NJ. Instructor/Session Lecturer. “Interactive music technology performance systems”.
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2009
Cycling 74's Max/MSP Expo 74 Conference. San Francisco, CA. Poster Session. “The modal object library: algorithms for implementing modality, diatonicism, and harmony in electronic music composition”.
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2009
New Jersey Music Educators Assoc. (NJMEA) Conference. East Brunswick, NJ. Multiple Session Lecturer. “Interactive music technology systems in the K-12 general music classroom”.
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2009
Technology Institute for Music Ed. (TI:ME) National Conference / TMEA. San Antonio, TX. Session Lecturer. “EAMIR: an open-source interactive music system project for accessible composition and performance”.
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2008
American String Teachers Association (ASTA) Chamber Music Institute (CMI). Union, NJ. Session Lecturer. “Interactive music systems for composition, performance, and more”.
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Invited Guest Lectures

2017
Whitworth University, Spokane, WA. Multiple lectures in composition and music technology. (Host: Dr. Brent Edstrom). “Interactive Composition” and "Interactive Music Systems".
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2016
Ithaca College, Ithaca, NY. Multiple lectures in music technology "Pop Talks" series and music education. (Host: Dr. Radio Cremata). “Interactive music systems for education”.
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2016
Montclair State University. Montclair, NJ. Guest Lecturer. (Host: Dr. Adam Bell). “Programing interactive music systems”.
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2016
Kean University. Union, NJ. Guest lectures in music theory and music technology (Host: Dr. Matthew Halper).

2016
University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), Herb Alpert School of Music. Los Angeles, CA. Guest Lecturer. (Hosts: Dr. Lily Chen-Hafteck & Dr. Frank Heuser). “Interactive music for education”.
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2015
University of Northern Colorado (UNC). Greeley, CO. Guest Lecturer & Composition Master Class. (Host: Dr. Socrates Garcia). “Interactive music composition”.
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2013
New York University (NYU). New York, NY. Guest Lecturer. Seminar in Music Education (Host: Dr. Alex Ruthman). “Interactive technology for music learning”.

2013
Kean University. Union, NJ. Guest Lecturer. Seminar in Music Technology (Host: Dr. Matthew Halper). “Foundations of music technology”.

2011
New York University (NYU). New York, NY. Guest Lecturer. Seminar in Music Education (Host: Dr. David Elliott). “Implementing interactive music systems in a pedagogical context”.
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2010
New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT). Newark, NJ. Guest Lecturer. College of Computer Science & Dept. of Information Technology. (Host: Dr. Michael Halper). “Interactive media programming and development”.
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2010
Rowan University. Glassboro, NJ. Guest Lecturer. Music Education National Conference Lecture (Host: Dr. Rick Dammers).“Creating immersive environments for musical expression through technology”.
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2010
Stockton College. Pomona, NJ. Guest Lecturer. Physics Dept. Natural Sciences & Mathematics (Host: Dr. Neil Aaronson). “Emerging audio technology for musical creation”.
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2009
New York University (NYU). New York, NY. Guest Lecturer. Graduate Seminar in Music Education (Host: Dr. David Elliott). “Interactive music systems for education, composition, performance, and research”.
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Other Lectures & Presentations

2017
Manzo, V.J., Ottmar, E., Timko, M. “What’s This? Just Listen! Using Sonification to Reveal Hidden Scientific Structure. National Science Foundation (NSF) STEM for All Video Showcase: Research and Design for Impact. http://stemforall2017.videohall.com . N.p., 2017. Web. 29 April. 2017.
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2015
Grosse, Darwin, and V.J. Manzo. 'Art + Music + Technology: Podcast 106: V.J. Manzo'. http://artmusictech.libsyn.com/. N.p., 2015. Web. 29 Nov. 2015.
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Research

"My research is primarily focused on the development and implementation of new technologies that facilitate musicianship and music learning, and the role of technologies that allow non-musicians to acquire musicianship skills. This work has often culminated in the creation of interactive music software applications and games, multimedia programming development kits, open-source projects, research and education tools, and other technologies, as well as creative musical works."

Featured Research Projects



Grants, Sponsored Research, and Fellowships Awarded

"The awards listed below indicate funds received to support my research efforts from foundations and grant organizations as well as corporate industry sponsors. As indicated, such funds have, in many cases, supported undergraduate and graduate student involvement. "

2017
Steven Holec: Heartrate Monitor Music ($1,500) corporate sponsored ISP with research in heart-rate monitors to control algorithmic composition processes for live performance.

2017
Steven Holec: Geolocated Crowdsourced Awareness ($1,500) corporate sponsored ISP with research in crowd-sourced non-verbal communication and mobile technology.
*Prototype developed with WPI undergraduate student Ankit Kumar (CS).
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2017
NAMM Research/Program Grant ($25,000) in support of the Engaging Music Creativity Through Technology. Grant awarded to Technology Institute for Music Education (Bauer, W., Dammers, R., Manzo, V.J., Williams, D.) [WPI subaward; WPI portion is $2,000 in travel reimbursement and stipend].
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2016
WPI Educational Development Grant ($8,300) sponsored research grant in the development of toolkits to support the creation of music educational video games.
*Project developed with WPI undergraduate students Drew Tisdale (IMGD) and Alexa Perusic (CS).
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2016
NAMM Research/Program Grant ($25,000) in support of the Engaging Music Creativity Through Technology. Grant awarded to Technology Institute for Music Education (Bauer, W., Dammers, R., Manzo, V.J., Williams, D.) [WPI subaward; WPI portion is $2,000 in travel reimbursement and stipend].
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2014 - 2015
Kirby Foundation ($7,000) sponsored research grant in responsive interactive web applications for social music interactions.
*Prototype developed with WPI undergraduate students Zhaokun Xue (CS) and Shawn Yoon (CS).
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2015
Kirby Foundation ($5,000) corporate sponsored ISP with research in social networking, marketing and the issues of distribution in the music industry.
*Developed with WPI undergraduate students Takayoshi Tsutsui (ME), David Scott (BUS), and Collin Glynn (ME).

2015
Music Matters ($1,000) corporate sponsored ISP with research in web development for dissemination of the documentary Music Matters and related content. New York
*Developed with WPI undergraduate student Cassandra Hamilin (CS).
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2014 - 2015
Coleman Foundation Fellow 2014 - 2015 ($5,000) CFC (Coleman Fellows Collaborative) and to the I&EFAC (Innovation & Entrepreneurship Faculty Advisory Council) for non-business faculty infuse entrepreneurship education into an existing course. Summit conference participant August, 2014.
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2014
WPI Educational Development Grant ($7,000) in collaboration with Michael Timko, PhD (Chemical Engineering, WPI) in support of strategizing and developing the Reactor Music Project: Teaching Bioreactor Concepts Through Music.

2014
NAMM Research/Program Grant ($23,000) in support of the Engaging Music Creativity Through Technology. Grant awarded to Technology Institute for Music Education (Bauer, W., Dammers, R., Manzo, V.J., Williams, D.) [WPI subaward; WPI portion is $2,000 in travel reimbursement and stipend].
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2013
The Davis Center Sponsorship ($1,000) corporate sponsored research in sound-based therapy for learning development. Fabricating Ear Microphones for Acoustical Analysis
*Prototype developed with WPI undergraduate student Ethan Berrieau (ME).
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2012 - 2013
Meyerson Foundation Grant ($5,000) in support of a project to develop EAMIR Note, a mobile interactive application and curriculum for autistic populations and curriculum. Grant awarded to Worcester Polytechnic Institute.
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*Prototype developed with WPI undergraduate students Paulo Carvalho (ME), Rayce Stipanovich (ME) and presented at CMS/ATMI Conference 2013.

2012 - 2013
WPI Teaching Innovation Grant ($4,500) in support of a project to develop software applications to aid in the instruction of the course Computer Techniques in Music.

2013
NAMM Research/Program Grant ($10,000) in support of the Engaging Music Creativity Through Technology. Grant awarded to Technology Institute for Music Education (Dammers, R., Manzo, V.J., Williams, D.)[WPI subaward; WPI portion is $2,000 in travel reimbursement and stipend].
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2012
NAMM Research/Program Grant ($10,000) in support of the Engaging Music Creativity Through Technology (EMCT2) Grant awarded to Technology Institute for Music Education (Dammers, R., Manzo, V.J., Williams, D.)[$2,000 in travel reimbursement and stipend].
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2011
NAMM Research/Program Grant ($10,000) in support of the TI:ME Leadership Academy. Grant awarded to Technology Institute for Music Education (Dammers, R., Manzo, V.J., Williams, D.)[$2,000 in travel reimbursement and stipend].
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2011
Association Computing Machinery (ACM) Travel Grant ($500) in support of the paper Multimedia-Based Visual Programming Promoting Core Competencies in IT Education presented at the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) / SIGITE National Conference.

2011
Boyer College of Music Travel Grant ($750) (Temple University) in support of presentation at Technology Institute for Music Ed. (TI:ME) National Conference / Jazz Education Network (JEN).

2010
NAMM Research Grant ($2,500) in support of the TI:ME Action Research project and the Automata software.
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Additional Research Projects

"These projects represent ongoing initiatives and, in many cases, collaborations with key individuals in the professional community. Many of the projects are not supported through typical funding organizations and are sustained, instead, by volunteerism or, if noted, special gifts including in-kind donations. "

2016 —
What’s This? Just Listen!* (PI) – sonification of chemical engineering data into tonal musical compositions. Collaborative project with Timko, M. (Co-PI) (Chemical Engineering, WPI), Ottmar, E. (Co-PI) (Learning Sciences, WPI).
*Advised and mentored IMGD graduate student Matt Pietrucha (2017 - present)

2015 —
Tritonet (co-PI) - a musical calculator that converts user input to a musical output, monophonic or polyphonically. Collaborative project with Prof. Tolga Özdemirof Istanbul Bilgi University, Department of Music.
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2015 - 2016
Kern Foundation KEEN Faculty Member for infusing entrepreneur-minded learning (EML) concepts into an existing course (HU 3910). Glenn Gaudette, PhD (Biomedical Engineering, WPI). KEEN conference participant August, 2015.
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2013 - 2015
National Science Foundation (NSF) Bridge Broader Impacts: Using Music to Teach Chemistry collaborative support for principal investigator Dr. Michael Timko, PhD (Chemical Engineering, WPI). Sonification of chemical information into musical material.

2014 - 2015
Art of Science Learning (NSF) Worcester Incubator. Team mentor for arts-based learning approach to addressed transportation issues in Worcester and the United States.

2015 —
Max Objects Database* (PI) - a database for third-party objects used in music programming through Max/MSP/Jitter. Initially developed in 2003 by Matthieu Chamagne and Le Quan Ninh, the project was given to the PI as part of EAMIR and ported to a new server in 2015.
*Maintained and developed with undergraduate students in Practicum HU 3910
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2012 - 2013
Music Composition System for Deaf Populations* (co-PI) - software development, curriculum development, and research experiment in collaboration with Dr. Lyn Schraer-Joiner (Kean University) and Dr. Della Thomas (Delaware School for the Deaf)
*Prototype developed with undergraduate student Collin Glynn (ME)

2012 —
Music Education Games* (PI) - music pedagogy concepts embodied into immersive and engaging video games and other informal learning environments. Software and other games reflect research in informal learning methods, and are published through Clear Blue Media, LLC.
*Projects developed with undergraduate students in Practicum HU 3910, ISPs, and IQPs
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2010
Interactive Music Technology Curriculum Project (IMTCP) (co-PI) - informal music learning experiments with non-music students through interactive systems in informal environments in collaboration with Dr. Rick Dammers (Rowa University). Software development, curriculum development, and experimental research study.
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2009 — 2014
Otoacoustic Emissions (co-PI) - a research and sound-based therapy system developed with Dorinne Davis and the Davis Center for Sound Therapy. Hardware/software system performs analysis and filtering.
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2007 —
EAMIR (Educational Association for Music Interaction Research* (PI & Director/Founder) - is a 501c3 non-profit organization and open-source project that supports composition, performance, education, and research through accessible technology-based musical instruments.
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*Project developed with undergraduate students in Practicum HU 3910, ISPs, and IQPs

2006 —
Modal Object Library (PI)- a collection of open-source algorithms to control and define modality, harmony, and diatonicism in algorithmic computer music ported for use in Lisp (CLISP, Open Music, Common Music), Pure Data, and Max/MSP/Jitter.
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2005 - 2007
Cliché Progressions (PI) - an open-source online database cataloging common chord progressions used in popular music. Database library consists of numerous songs categorized by progression.
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Consulting

"I have been hired as a consultant for a variety of projects including specialized music construction infrastructure, music technology lab and studio development, music software development, and projects requiring expert knowledge in specific areas of music research. As shown below, I try to involve students in these projects as much as possible. In addition to my work as an individual consultant, I am the founder and owner (since 2006) of my own boutique multimedia design and production company, Clear Blue Media, LLC. "


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Rutgers University*, Mason Gross School of the Arts, est. 1766
Music technology consultant for the A/V implementation, and design of the Mason Gross School of the Arts' building project* (2012 - 2013)

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Oxford University Press, est. 1586
Publication and manuscript reviewer (2010 - present)



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My Music Machines, Inc., Schenectady, NY, est. 2008
Software and technical designer (2009 - 2010)

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The Davis Center for Sound Therapy, Inc., Succasunna, NJ
Software and technical designer (2009 - 2014)

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Montclair State University, Cali School of Music College of the Arts, est. 1908
Consultant for the A/V construction, implementation, and design of the Cali School of Music's building project/renovation of Chapin Hall (2008 - 2009)

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Clear Blue Media, multimedia creation LLC, est. 2006
Founder, director, and engineer (2006 - present)

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Awards

2017
Receipient: Faculty Achievment Award (Worcester Polytechnic Institute)


2016
Nominated: Distinguished Young Alumnus Award (New York University Alumni Association)


2016
Nominated: Romeo L. Moruzzi Young Faculty Award for Innovation in Undergraduate Education (Worcester Polytechnic Institute)


2014
Nominated: Romeo L. Moruzzi Young Faculty Award for Innovation in Undergraduate Education (Worcester Polytechnic Institute)


2013
Recipient: Distinguished Alumni Award (Kean University Alumni Association)


2012
Recipient: Who's Who Award (Temple University)


2010
Recipient: Who's Who Award (Temple University)


2009
Recipient: Best Student Presentation Award (College Music Society National Conference / Association for Technology in Music Instruction)


2005
Recipient: Who's Who Award (Kean University)


2005
Recipient: Outstanding Student Teacher Award (Kean University)


Music and Multimedia

"Creative works such as compositions, interactive media installations, and other musical works are recognized as another type of publication within the music profession. In tandem with written publications, these works substantiate the pedagogical and philosophical concepts described in theory; exemplifying ways of conquering specific issues related to composition such as, for example, harmonic development, accessibility or other idioms of the performance instruments themselves, or simply addressing issues of acoustical balance in ensembles of varying instrumentations. These works, the scores, audio recordings, the systems and source code, and, in most cases, performance videos are available within my portfolio. In addition to distributing these works through their respective publishers and a variety of digital music portals, my compositions have been performed by professional musicians worldwide in recital halls, theater productions, interactive installations, and more as indicated below."
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Featured Compositions

Chamber & Solo Instrumental Compositions

Composer — "I’ve composed these works to be performed by traditional acoustic instrument performers and chamber music ensembles. "
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2017
Disengage for string quartet. Premiered at Whitworth University, Spokane, WA.
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2015
Last Page [revised] solo classical guitar. Featured on the 2015 Gravity – music for acoustic instruments.
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2009
Gravity for string quartet. Featured on the album Gravity – music for acoustic instruments.
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2008
Granitic Plots for classical guitar & viola. Premiered at Kean University, Union, NJ. Featured on the album Gravity – music for acoustic instruments
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2007
Three Inventions for piano.
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2005
Last Page for solo classical guitar.
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2006
Sonatine for classical guitar and double bass (three movements).
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2006
Diminutives: three duets for classical guitar & viola.


2005
Diminutives: three movements for solo classical guitar.




Electro-acoustic Interactive Compositions

Composer and software system programmer — "These are compositions in which human performers interact with real-time computers; both the traditional performer and the computer contribute something purposeful and carefully planned to the overall musical output that the other can't. In this capacity, I am the composer of the notated musical scores for human performers and the software system programmer¬ for the interactive components. "
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2015
Delayed to Rest for guitar & interactive music system (software developed for Macintosh and Windows platforms). Premiered at Kean University, Union, NJ Ars Vitalis: The New Jersey New Music Forum.
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2010
nil for guitar & interactive music system (software developed for Macintosh and Windows platforms). Premiered at Peabody Institute, Baltimore, MD.
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2010
stitching for cello, Eb clarinet & electronics (software developed for Macintosh and Windows platforms). Premiered w/choreographed dance at Temple University, Philadelphia, PA.
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2009
discourse for Eb clarinet & interactive music system (software developed for Macintosh and Windows platforms). Premiered at Temple University, Philadelphia, PA
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2008
squares for interactive music/live image processing system (software developed for Macintosh and Windows platforms). Premiered at Temple University, Philadelphia, PA
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2007
optical string for guitar & interactive music system (software developed for Macintosh and Windows platforms).
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2007
monochrome for interactive music system (software developed for Macintosh and Windows platforms).
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Algorithmic Compositions

Composer and software system programmer — "These compositions are experiments in computer-realized musical intelligence; specifically, data-driven algorithmic composition techniques and logic and rule-based approaches. The compositions, once realized by the software system, are then, typically, performed by traditional acoustic instrumentalists or by the computers themselves. In this capacity, I am the composer of both the musical algorithms as well as the software system programmer of the algorithms. "
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2014
Diatonic Complementation - fuzzy logic diatonic harmonization. (software developed for Macintosh and Windows platforms).
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2011
the Capsule - speech-based algorithmic process. (software developed for Macintosh and Windows platforms). Premiered w/choreographed dance at Dance New Amsterdam, New York, NY
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2008
What's Missing for two pianos. Algorithmically generated from diatonic complementation algorithm
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2008
Ranges - generative rule-based algorithmic process. (software developed for Macintosh and Windows platforms). Premiered at University of California Santa Cruz, Santa Cruz, CA
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2008
emoet: every mode of every tonic - rule-based algorithmic composition process. (software developed for Macintosh and Windows platforms).
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2007
Ravelian Fuse - Ravel-influenced rule-based algorithmic composition process. (software developed for Macintosh and Windows platforms).
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2007
Modal Change - modulatory rule-based algorithmic composition process. (software developed for Macintosh and Windows platforms).
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2006
evolutio - rule-based algorithmic composition process. (software developed for Macintosh and Windows platforms).
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2006
Invention 16 - Bach invention data-driven algorithmic composition process. (software developed for Macintosh and Windows platforms).
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Multimedia Interactive Installation Works

Composer and software system programmer — "These works are interactive musical installations in which individuals without musicianship skills are able to engage with technology-based systems to create original musical works in novel ways. In this capacity, I am the composer of the overall musical processes permitted by the system, and the software system programmer. "
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2013
EAMIR - real-time composition/performance installation using multiple touch sensors (commissioned by American Music Therapy Association) (software developed for Macintosh and Windows platforms). Premiered at American Music Therapy Association Regional Conference, Scranton, PA
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2011
Lapp - real-time composition/performance system made from Lapp industrial electric cables (commissioned by Lapp Group) (software developed for Macintosh and Windows platforms). Premiered at Lapp Group event, Florham Park, NJ
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2009
dgt - real-time speech/FFT-based composition and performance system (software developed for Macintosh and Windows platforms). Premiered at Society for Electro-acoustic Music in the United States (SEAMUS) National Conference, St. Cloud, MN
View Performance | View Demonstration | View Demonstration 2

2009
Automata -cellphone/text-message-based composition/performance system (part of TI:ME research grant project co-developed with D. Manzo) (software developed for Macintosh and Windows platforms). Premiered at College Music Society (CMS) / Assoc. for Technology in Music Instruction (ATMI) National Conference. Portland, OR
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Compositions for Theatre & Film

Composer, lyricist, performer, producer, and recording engineer — "I am the composer and lyricist of these compositions for dramatic works. In most cases, after composing the music, I perform or realize these works in my own recording studio. The resulting recordings are then either used in the performance or used as a reference for live performance by an ensemble. In these works, the compositions are used as a non-diagetic score for the overall production, or, as is the case with musicals, the music is an integral diagetic part of the performance. "
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2013
Stammer. Film directed by G. Wilson. Composer, producer, and engineer.
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2011
Counting On My Fingers. Film directed by C. George. Composer, lyricist, performer, producer, and engineer.
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2009
The Pillowman. Play directed by E. Wiggins. Composer, lyricist, performer, producer, and engineer. Premiered at Kean University, Union, NJ
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2009
Yet We Go On. One-scene play written/directed by G. Wilson. Composer, lyricist, performer, producer, and engineer. Premiered at COHIC, Kearny, NJ
Audio Excerpt | Audio Excerpt 2

2008
It Began With a Dream. Play written/directed by S. Halmi. Composer, performer, producer, and engineer. Premiered at Kean University, Union, NJ
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2008
J. Play written/directed by G. Wilson. Composer, lyricist, performer, producer, and engineer. Premiered at COHIC, Kearny, NJ
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2007
Othello. Play directed by T. Choate. Composer, lyricist, performer, producer, and engineer. Premiered at Kean University, Union, NJ
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2007
Sleeping Beauty. Play directed by E. Wiggins. Composer, lyricist, performer, producer, and engineer. Premiered at Kean University, Union, NJ
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2007
Our Man in Chocolate. Play written/directed by F. Verderame. Composer, lyricist, performer, producer, and engineer. Premiered at Manhattan Theatre Source, New York, NY
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2006
Hamlet. Play directed by E. Wiggins. Composer, lyricist, performer, producer, and engineer. Premiered at Kean University, Union, NJ
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2005
Reflection. Play written/directed by G. Wilson. Composer, lyricist, performer, producer, and engineer. Premiered at COHIC, Kearny, NJ
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Compositions for Fixed Multimedia & Games

Composer, performer, producer, and recording engineer — "I am the composer, performer, producer, and recording engineer of music compositions and sound design for these independent video games and multimedia environments. In most cases, after composition, these works are realized and recorded in my own studio, and delivered to the production team to be used in the final production or release. "
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2016
Hidden Music Symbol. Music education music symbol identifiation game (Macintosh, Windows, and mobile). Score composer and creator. Published by Clear Blue Media.
Listen to Excerpt

2015
Full Scale Attack. 3D music education space-shooter game (Macintosh, Windows, and mobile). Score composer and co-creator. Published by Clear Blue Media.
Listen to Soundtrack

2015
The Serpent. 3D decision-based game (Macintosh, Windows, and mobile). Score composer. Published by Knockout Media.
Listen to Excerpt

2015
Octoplay. 3D music education pitch-matching memory game (Macintosh, Windows, and mobile) Score composer and co-creator. Published by Clear Blue Media and Knockout Media.
Listen to Soundtrack

2015 —
Sugarpucks: Hide and Squeak. 3D music education listening aural skills game (Macintosh, Windows, and mobile) Score composer and creator. Published by Clear Blue Media and Knockout Media.
Listen to Excerpt

2013 —
Before Heaven. Interactive music education game (Macintosh and Windows) score and activity composer, and sound designer. Score composer and co-creator. Published by Knockout Media and Clear Blue Media.
Listen to Excerpt

2012
Zombie Island. FPS 3D adventure game (Macintosh and Windows) Score composer. Published by Knockout Media.
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2012
Hotel Oasis. 2D web-based video game. Score composer. Published by Knockout Media.
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Discography of Recorded Works

Composer, performer, producer, and recording engineer — "In addition to disseminating my music through live performance and mixed media, these audio recordings are distributed through the respective publishers as indicated and available through iTunes and other established digital music portals. As noted, I am represented in one or more capacities as a composer, performer, lyricist, interactive software/system developer, multimedia designer, producer, and recording engineer. "
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2016
Different Bach - a collection of works composed by J.S. Bach arranged and performed on solo electric guitar by V.J. Manzo. Arranger, performer, producer, and engineer. Published by Clear Blue Media and released with audio stems available under a Creative Commons license.
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2015
Delayed to Rest - compositions in which live instruments interact with real-time computer systems. Composer, performer, producer, and engineer. Published by Clear Blue Media.
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2015
Gravity - compositions for acoustic instruments including string quartet, guitar, and viola. Composer, performer, producer, and engineer. Published by Clear Blue Media.
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2013
Knowing You. Extended play studio album performed by Fatal Fire. Composer, lyricist, performer, producer, and engineer. Published by Clear Blue Media.
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2013
Paths: Vol. 3 . Extended play studio album performed by Clear Blue. Composer, lyricist, performer, producer, and engineer. Published by Clear Blue Media.
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2012
Paths: Vol. 2 . Full-length studio album performed by Clear Blue. Composer, lyricist, performer, producer, and engineer. Published by Clear Blue Media.
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2010
Paths: Vol. 1. Full-length studio album performed by Clear Blue. Composer, lyricist, performer, producer, and engineer. Published by Clear Blue Media.
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2010
The Night Made Ill. Full-length studio album performed by Clear Blue. Composer, lyricist, performer, producer, and engineer. Published by Clear Blue Media.
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2009
Live from Cryptic Bay. Full-length live album performed by Cryptic Bay. Composer, lyricist, performer, producer, and engineer. Published by Clear Blue Media.
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2009
V-Sides. Full-length studio album performed by Clear Blue. Composer, lyricist, performer, producer, and engineer. Published by Clear Blue Media.
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2008
Now Hear This. Independent Music Awards Compilation featuring single “Only By Grace” performed by Clear Blue. Composer, lyricist, performer, producer, and engineer. Published by Musician's Atlas.
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2006
Afterglow. Full-length studio album performed Tone Poem. Composer, lyricist, performer, producer, and engineer. Published by Clear Blue Media.
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2005
The Ill-made Night. Full-length studio album performed by Clear Blue. Composer, lyricist, performer, producer, and co-engineer. Published by Clear Blue Media.
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2005
Reflection. Full-length studio album for the theatre soundtrack. Composer, lyricist, performer, producer, and engineer. Published by Clear Blue Media.
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2004
Christmas. Full-length studio album performed by COHIC. Performer, producer, and engineer.
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2003
Still In Love With You. Full-length studio album performed by Clear Blue. Composer, lyricist, performer, producer, and engineer. Published by Clear Blue Media.
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2003
The Parallel: a concept album. Full-length studio album performed by V.J. Manzo. Composer, lyricist, performer, producer, and engineer. Published by Clear Blue Media.
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2002
Titles. Full-length studio album performed by Clear Blue. Composer, lyricist, performer, producer, and engineer. Published by Clear Blue Media.
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2001
Remnant. Extended play album by Remnant. Performer, producer, and engineer.
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2001
Clear Blue. Full-length studio album performed by Clear Blue. Composer, lyricist, performer, producer, and engineer. Published by Clear Blue Media.
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2000
How Beautiful. Full-length studio album performed by KCCC. Performer, producer, and engineer.
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1998
Christmas. Full-length studio album performed by KCCC. Performer, producer, and engineer.
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1998
Songs to Sleep By: Instrumental Solo Guitar. Full-length studio album performed by V.J. Manzo. Composer, performer, producer, and engineer.
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Select Performances of Composed Works

"The performances listed below represent some of the diversity of venues and contexts in which my music has been performed. This includes theatrical venues, concert halls, multimedia installation spaces, and small experimental performance spaces. "

2017
Lecture Recital: the music of V.J. Manzo. Multiple works for acoustic ensembles, electro-acoustic ensembles, and algorthmic compositions performed by and at Whitworth University School of Music (Spokane, WA).
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2016
Sleeping Beauty. Play directed by E. Moran. Performed at International School of Lausanne (Lausanne, Switzerland).

2015
Delayed to Rest for guitar & interactive music system. Premiered April 2015 at Kean University (Union, NJ) and commissioned by Ars Vitalis: The New Jersey New Music Forum.
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2013
discourse for Eb clarinet & interactive music system. Performed at Sonic Spaces (Holland, Netherlands)

2013
nil for guitar & interactive music system. Performed at Clark University (Worcester, MA).
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2013
EAMIR interactive music system installation Performed at the American Music Therapy Association Conference (Scranton, PA).
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2012
nil for guitar & interactive music system. Performed at HiArt Gallery (New York, NY).
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2011
the Capsule - speech-based algorithmic process. Premiered w/choreographed dance at Dance New Amsterdam (New York, NY).
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2011
nil for guitar & interactive music system. Premiered at Peabody Institute (Baltimore, MD).
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2010
stitching for cello, Eb clarinet & electronics. Premiered w/choreographed dance at Temple University (Philadelphia, PA).
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2009
dgt - real-time speech/FFT-based composition and performance system. Premiered at Society for Electro-acoustic Music in the United States (SEAMUS) National Conference (St. Cloud, MN).
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2009
discourse for Eb clarinet & interactive music system. Premiered at Temple University (Philadelphia, PA).
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2009
The Pillowman. Play directed by E. Wiggins. Premiered at Kean University (Union, NJ).
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2008
squares for interactive music/live image processing system. Premiered at Temple University (Philadelphia, PA).
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2008
Granitic Plots for guitar & interactive music system. Premiered at Kean University (Union, NJ).
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2008
It Began With a Dream. Play written/directed by S. Halmi. Premiered at Kean University (Union, NJ).
View Performance Excerpt

2007
Othello. Play directed by T. Choate. Premiered at Kean University (Union, NJ).
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2007
Sleeping Beauty. Play directed by E. Wiggins. Premiered at Kean University (Union, NJ).
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2007
Our Man in Chocolate. Play directed by F. Verderame. Premiered at Manhattan Theatre Source (New York, NY).
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2006
Hamlet. Play directed by E. Wiggins. Premiered at Kean University (Union, NJ.)
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Technology Development

"Just as musical works are recognized as another type of publication within the music profession, the technological components I've developed to facilitate these musical objectives are recognized within the field of music technology. These technological advancements, as described in my publications, provide the mechanism to realize music using new media. I am the primary developer and director for such technologies, which include integrated software/hardware systems, algorithm libraries, and development toolkits. Toolkits and systems developed for the EAMIR project are open-source and published at the charity's website eamir.org . The educational games I've developed reflect my research in informal music learning environments and are primarily published by my company, Clear Blue Media . Other systems and any associated compositions are available from their respective publishers, listed below. Additionally, if you are part of the WPI community, you can view the research and technology projects I am currently working on with WPI students here ."

Featured Technologies

Interactive Music & Multimedia Composition, Performance, and Instruction Systems

Creator and programmer

2016
Loop Buddy* - a mobile rehearsal app for practicing musicians on the go. (software developed for iOS mobile platforms). Published and distributed by Clear Blue Media.
*Developed with WPI undergraduate students Linh Hoang (CS), Hoang Ngo (CS), and Cuong Nguyen (CS)
View Project Website

2015
Delayed to Rest - custom interactive performance software for guitar (software developed for Macintosh and Windows platforms) as part of the composition Delayed to Rest. Published and distributed by Clear Blue Media.
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2014
Diatonic Complementation - fuzzy logic diatonic harmonization. (software developed for Macintosh and Windows platforms).
View Demonstration Video | View Demonstration Video 2

2013
EAMIR Note* - number-based composition/performance system for autistic populations. Funded through a Meyerson Foundation Grant (2012). (software developed for iOS mobile, Macintosh, and Windows platforms). Published and distributed by Clear Blue Media.
*Developed with WPI undergraduate students Paulo Carvalho (ME), and Rayce Stipanovich (ME)
View Demonstration Video | View Project Website

2011
E006 - ASCII key-based composition/performance system (part of EAMIR ) (software developed for Macintosh and Windows platforms).
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2011
KeyViewer - graphical keyboard visualization instructional tool (part of EAMIR ) (software developed for Macintosh and Windows platforms).
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2010
Smart IWB - interactive whiteboard-based composition/performance system (part of EAMIR ) (software developed for Macintosh and Windows platforms).
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2010
E000, E001, E002, E003, E004, and E005 - a collection of six number-based composition/performance systems (part of EAMIR )
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2010
Jamboxx® - wind-controller harmonica-style composition/performance system (software prototype developed for Macintosh and Windows platforms).
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2009
Wii® Control - Nintendo® Wii-based composition/performance system (part of EAMIR ) (software developed for Macintosh and Windows platforms).
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2008
Guitar EAMIR-o - Guitar Hero® game controller-based composition/performance system (part of EAMIR ) (software developed for Macintosh and Windows platforms).
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2008
Pedalman - footcontroller-based real-time accompaniment composition/performance system (part of EAMIR project) (software developed for Macintosh and Windows platforms).
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2008
P5 - glove-based composition/performance system (part of EAMIR ) (developed for Windows platform).
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2008
MouseControl - mouse-based composition/performance system (part of EAMIR ) (software developed for Macintosh and Windows platforms).
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2008
Tiles - pressure-sensitive floor mat-based composition/performance system (part of EAMIR ) (software developed for Macintosh and Windows platforms).
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2008
Slider - touchscreen-based composition/performance system (part of EAMIR ) (software developed for Macintosh and Windows platforms).
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2008
PadKontrol - Korg® padKontrol-based composition/performance system (part of EAMIR ) (software developed for Macintosh and Windows platforms).
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2008
Sim1: arco - modified violin bow system for real-time accompaniment of monophonic string instruments (created for American String Teacher's Association - ASTA lecture 2008) (software developed for Macintosh and Windows platforms). Published and distributed by Clear Blue Media.
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2007
Lazy Guy - laser camera tracking-based composition/performance system (part of EAMIR ) (software developed for Macintosh and Windows platforms).
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2007
Monochrome - Wacom® graphics tablet-based composition/performance system (part of EAMIR ) (software developed for Macintosh and Windows platforms).
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2007
DDR - Dance Dance Revolution® game controller-based composition and performance system (part of EAMIR ) (software developed for Macintosh and Windows platforms).
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2007
V-Bot - real-time progression-based algorithmic composition and performance system (software developed for Macintosh and Windows platforms). Published and distributed by Clear Blue Media.
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2006
Communicator - networked stage communication tool aiding real-time improvisation and performance (software developed for Macintosh and Windows platforms). Published and distributed by Clear Blue Media.
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Music Education-oriented Video Games

Programmer, composer, sound design, and creator

2016
Hidden Music Symbol. Music education music symbol identifiation game (Macintosh, Windows, and mobile). Creator and score composer. Published by Clear Blue Media.
*Developed with WPI undergraduate students in Humanities & Arts capstone course
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2015
Full Scale Attack. 3D music education space-shooter game (Macintosh, Windows, and mobile). Co-creator with Alex Guerra (WPI undergraduate), and score composer. Published by Clear Blue Media & Paradox Games.
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2015
Octoplay. 3D music education underwater matching game (Macintosh, Windows, and mobile). Co-creator with Dan Manzo, score composer, and sound designer. Published by Clear Blue Media & Knockout Media.
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2015 —
Sugarpucks: Hide and Squeak. 3D music education listening aural skills game (Macintosh, Windows, and mobile). Creator, and score composer. Published by Clear Blue Media .
View Project Website

2013 —
Before Heaven. Interactive music education role-playing game (Macintosh and Windows). Co-creator with Dan Manzo, score composer, and sound designer. Published by Knockout Media & Clear Blue Media.
View Trailer | View Project Website







Research/Data Analysis Software Tools for Cognition, and Theory

Creator and programmer

2013 - 2014
Foundations of Music Technology (FMT) - a multi-unit interactive instructional software utility for learning the foundations of music technology (software developed for Macintosh and Windows platforms). Published with Foundations of Music Technology (2015) textbook Oxford University Press companion site resources.
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2013
Music Basics* - a multi-unit interactive instructional software utility for music instruction (software developed for Macintosh and Windows platforms).
*Developed through a WPI Teaching Innovation Grant (2013)
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2012
MIDI Overview Tool - MIDI data-flow pedagogical tool (software developed for Macintosh and Windows platforms). Published with Max/MSP/Jitter for Music (2011) book Oxford University Press companion site resources; later merged with the FMT app (2013).
View Project Website

2012
Insect Attraction Gradual Quantization Model - model used in Bug Music: How Insects Gave Us Rhythm and Noise (Rothenberg, 2013) book publication (software developed for Macintosh and Windows platforms).
View Demonstration Video | View Project Website

2009
Tonal Hierarchy Perception Models - a suite of three perception research models: ISO226, Fletcher-Munson, Shepard (software developed for Macintosh and Windows platforms). Published with Max/MSP/Jitter for Music (2011) Oxford University Press book companion site resources; later merged with the FMT app (2013)
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2009
The Ototoner - spontaneous otoacoustic emissions research and therapy tool used in otoacoustic emissions research with Davis Center for Sound Therapy (software developed for Macintosh, Windows, and Linux platforms).
View Demonstration Video | View Project Website

2009
Stimulus Testing Instrument (STI) - video stimulus research tool (software developed for Macintosh, Windows, and Linux platforms). Published with Max/MSP/Jitter for Music (2011) Oxford University Press book companion site resources.
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2006
Audio Utilities - a suite of six apps for hearing, perception, research, and instruction (software developed for Macintosh and Windows platforms). Published with Max/MSP/Jitter for Music (2011) Oxford University Press book companion site resources; later merged with the FMT app (2013)
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Algorithms, Libraries, and Software Development Kits (SDKs)

Creator and programmer

2007 —
EAMIR Software Development Kit - open-source collection of tools for creating interactive music systems (Max/MSP/Jitter) (software toolkit developed for Macintosh and Windows platforms). Published at EAMIR project website eamir.org and with Max/MSP/Jitter for Music (2011) Oxford University Press companion site resources.
View Demonstration | View Project Website

2006 —
The Modal Object Library - open-source library of algorithms to define modality, harmony, and diatonicism in computer music (Max/MSP/Jitter, LISP, PureData) (software toolkit developed for Macintosh and Windows platforms). Published at Modal Object Library project website vjmanzo.com/mol and with Max/MSP/Jitter for Music (2011) Oxford University Press companion site resources.
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2006 —
V-Objects - open-source functions for Max/MSP/Jitter related to audio and MIDI processing and manipulation (software toolkit developed for Macintosh and Windows platforms). Published at Modal Object Library project website vjmanzo.com/mol and with Max/MSP/Jitter for Music (2011) Oxford University Press companion site resources.
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Music & Multimedia Interaction Technologies

Creator and programmer

2015 —
Max Objects Database - a database for third-party objects used in music programming through Max/MSP/Jitter. Initially created and developed in 2003 by Matthieu Chamagne and Le Quan Ninh, given to the PI in 2015.
*Ported and maintained by WPI undergraduate students Hongbo Fang (CS) & WPI alumn Edison Jimenez (CS)
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2007 —
EAMIR.org - forum and web community for sharing music education software tools, source code, and ideas.
View Demonstration Video



 

Service

Service to Professional Community

Advisory Board Member

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2013 —
The College Music Society (CMS), est. 1958
 ο Editorial board of Symposium: the Journal of the College Music Society.
  • Editor of Music business and industry (MBI) component of Symposium (2015 - present)
  • Editorial board member of MBI (2012 - present)
  • Review Committee for Editor of CMS Forums (2016)
 ο Instructional Technologies (IT) Committee (2013 - present)
 ο New and Emerging Technologies Committee (2016 - present)
 ο Organization Member (2008 - present)
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2012 —
New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT), Department of Information Technology, College of Computing Sciences, est. 1881
 ο Advisory Board Member for Dept. of Information of Technology
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2012 —
Association for Technology in Music Instruction (ATMI), est. 1996
 ο Program Committee (2012 - 2013)
  • National Conference in Cambridge, MA
 ο Organization Member (2008 - present)
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2010 —
Technology Institute for Music Education (TI:ME), est. 1996
 ο National Advisory Board Member (2013 - present)
 ο TI:ME NJ Chapter Executive Board Member (2009 - present)
 ο Music Technology Student Expo (K-12) & Competition co-coordinator (2011 - 2016) | View Expo Video | Video 2
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2010 - 2016
Arco String Ensemble, String Orchestra, est. 2005
 ο Executive Board Member (2010 - 2016)
 ο Head of Recording Production/Engineering (2010 - 2016)
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2007 —
EAMIR, Music Technology Charity Organization, est. 2007
 ο Founder (2007)
 ο Director (2007 - present)
 ο Executive Board Member (2007 - present)
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Invited K-12 Teacher Development Lectures

2015
Lebanon High School, Lebanon, OH. Technology in Music Education.

2011
North Bergen High School, North Bergen, NJ. Technology in High School Band & Choir

2011
North Bergen Middle School, North Bergen, NJ. Technology in Elementary & Middle School Band, Choir, & General Music.

2009
East Brunswick High School, East Brunswick, NJ. Technology Institute for Music Education (TI:ME) NJ Teacher In-service Conference.







Service to Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Service to Campus-wide Community

2014 - 2017
Committee on Academic Operations (CAO). Voting faculty member; secretary 2015 - 2016.

2014 - 2015
Strategic Planning Ignite Team (Pillar 5). Department of Humanities and Arts Representative.

2015 - 2016
Learning Management System: Task Force for the ATC. Faculty representative.

2015 —
Insight: First-year Program. Faculty Advisor.

2014 - 2015
Student Government Association (SGA) Advisory Board. Faculty Advisor.

2013 - 2014
Steering Committee Alumni Gym. Department of Humanities and Arts Inquiry Seminar and Practicum liaison.





Service to Department

2015 —
Student Recording Club. Faculty advisor.
View Club Website

2015 —
Student Rock Association [club]. Faculty advisor.

2014 - 2015
HUA Seminar/Practicum Showcase Website and Faculty Training Session. Ad-hoc committee in Department of Humanities and Arts. Advisor.

2013 - 2014
Steering Committee IMGD. Department of Humanities and Arts and Department of Computer Science. Voting faculty member.

2013
Class of 1879 Prize Committee. Department of Humanities and Arts. Voting faculty member.

2013
International Women's Day event with Prof. Roshanak Bigonah. Ad-hoc committee in Department of Humanities and Arts. Music division representative.

2012 —
Music Technology Lab Coordinator, Co-cooridinated with Prof. Bianchi and Prof. Barton. Lab development, maintenance, and coordination with student lab workers for Alden Hall and Riley Hall Music Labs. Department of Humanities and Arts.
View Lab Images | View Lab Access Site

2012 - 2015
Co-chair of the Recording Club with Prof. Richard Falco. Faculty advisor.

2012
New Student Orientation contributor. Department of Humanities and Arts. Music division representative.



WPI Music Division Initiatives
"The initiatives listed below represent service contributions to the music division at WPI. As shown below, these initiatives are mix of my own creative efforts to promote music at WPI as well as administrative guidance I provide to student music organizations. The websites for the WPI London HUA Project Center (2016) and the WPI Media Project (2013), for example, represent my own initiatives to make the creative and academic efforts of my students more publicly visible. Links to these initiatives are provided within my portfolio included before-and-after images of the Alden Hall B30 computer music lab renovation. "

2017 —
WPI London HUA Project Site: Interactive media website repository to showcase London HUA project center student work. Director and advisor.
View Project Website [WPI login required for some access]

2016 —
Music Technology Graduate Degree concentration within the Interactive Media and Game Development (IMGD) graduate degree program. Created motion to restructure and offer several music technology classes as a degree track concentration for the IMGD Graduate program requirements. Developed in conjunction with the IMGD director and faculty.

2016
Foisie Innovation Studio Entrepreneur in Residence, Dan Foley. Created motion to establish an audio engineering and production entrepreneur-in-residence position.

2014 - 2015
Music Technology Advisory Board. Serving to facilitate and foster connections between WPI student and faculty research and industry. Co-advisor with Prof. Barton (Music) and Prof. Gerstenfeld (Business).

2014
Music Technology Accelerator. Pilot conducted with two undergraduate IMGD students May 2014.

2013 —
Media Arts Certificate Program. Outreach program developed for continuing professionals. Co-advisor with Prof. Bianchi (Music)
View Project Website

2013 —
WPI Media Project: Interactive media website repository to showcase student course projects. Director and advisor.
View Project Website [WPI login required for some access]

2012 - 2013
Music Technology Teaching Lab (Alden Hall B30 renovation)/ Riley lab renovation. Music faculty advisor and liaison.
View Renovation Images



WPI Invited Guest Lecturer & Special Seminar Organizer
"The events listed here featured me as an invited guest speaker or organizer for an on-campus WPI event for undergraduate and graduate students. "

2015
Non-profits and Social Media: Impacting social change through social media. (Undergraduate colloquium), general student population. Hosted a lecture/workshop and Q&A by Blondie Marketing group.

2015
Leveraging social media within the music industry. (Undergraduate colloquium), general student population. Hosted a lecture and Q&A by Sigma7 Group.

2014
Immersive Human-computer Interaction. (Graduate course), Prof. Rob Lindeman. Lecture given on interactive music systems for composition and performance.

2014
Music Matters. (Undergraduate colloquium), the WPI Recording Club. Hosted a documentary screening and Q&A with film's directors.

2014
Interactive Music Systems Making. (Undergraduate colloquium), the WPI Recording Club. Lecture given on interactive music systems for composition and performance.

2013
IMGD Game Art Making. (Undergraduate colloquium), Prof. Britt Snyder. Lecture given on music education within game environments.



WPI Faculty Development Workshops and Lectures Participant
"The events listed here show my participation in open faculty development workshops and other voluntary professional development efforts offered by WPI. My presentation at such workshops is indicated herein. "

2015
IGSD Advisors Retreat

2014
Conversations Lecture: "What is Academic and Corporate Development?”

2013
Presented at WPI Fall Town Meeting with Alumni Gym Steering Committee

2013
Presented at Tech Advisors Network (TAN) with WPI School of Business

2013
IGSD Advisors Retreat

2013
A Better Plan for Software Technology Rights

2012
Morgan Teaching and Learning Open House

2012
CAYUSE: Submitting Your Federal Grant Proposal the Easy Way

2012
Faculty Workshop on the Grant Application Process

2012
Getting Involved in Project Advising




Service to Local Community

Invited Student Education Lectures
"The presentations and lectures listed here were given to K-12 music students about the role of technology in facilitating musicianship. "

2012
Gill St. Bernard's School, Gladstone, NJ. Lecture: “Music Technology & Production”

2012
East Orange STEM Academy,, East Orange, NJ. Lecture: “Programming for multimedia & interactive music”

2011
Gill St. Bernard's School, Gladstone, NJ. Lecture: “Music Technology in Culture”

2009
South Plainfield Middle School, South Plainfield, NJ. Lecture: “Emerging Technologies in Music”


Other Volunteer Services
"I volunteer regularly in a variety of capacities including one-off student mentoring opportunities, performing in music ensembles, audio engineering consulting, and music technology product-testing."

2017 —
Ableton - digital audio workstation software company, est. 1997
 ο Beta-test team (closed group)
  • Live version 10 (2017 - present)
  • Max for Live (2017 - present)
View Ableton Website

2016
Massachusetts Science & Engineering Fair (MSSEF), est. 1949
 ο Student team advisor & mentor

2013
Primeira Igreja Batista de Lingua Portuguesa de NJ, est. 1981
 ο Music Production and Audio Engineer
 ο Audio team training
 ο Music team training

2011 —
Cycling '74 - interactive media software company, est. 1997
 ο Beta-test team (closed group)
  • Max/MSP/Jitter/Gen version 6 (2011 - 2014)
  • Max/MSP/Jitter/Gen version 7 (2014 - present)
View Cycling '74 Website

Volunteer Recreational Performing Ensembles
2011 —
Second Contact - progressive rock performance collective, est. 2011
 ο Performer (guitarist, keyboardist, vocalist)
 ο Technical Engineer (co-engineer, and co-sound designer)
 ο ~12 public performances each year
View Project Website

1996 - 2013
Clear Blue - alternative rock music performing group
 ο Performer, composer (guitarist, keyboardist, vocalist)
 ο Producer/Technical Engineer (co-engineer, and co-sound designer)
 ο Five studio recordings, ~20 public performances each year
View Project Website

1998 - 2013
City of Hope International Church, est. 1973
 ο Music Director (1998 - 2013)
 ο Composer/arranger (1996 - 2013)
 ο Performer (1996 - 2013)
  • In local services (NJ)
  • Abroad: Philippines (1999), South Africa (2002)
 ο Youth ensemble director (1999 - 2006)
 ο Choir director (2002 - 2005)
 ο Summer music festival organizer (2002 - 2007)