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Jan. 16, 2013

Vol. 113, No. 6


The Ocarina app being played in the Forbidden City in Beijing by its creator, Ge Wang *08, has been downloaded more than 8 million times.

Musical machines

Are we ready for orchestras composed of computers and robots?

Published in the Jan. 16, 2013, issue

Someone in Vietnam with the screen name “yipiehk” is ­picking out “Amazing Grace” with the Ocarina 2 app on a mobile-device-turned-musical-instrument, and so am I. It’s easy; just blow into the microphone and finger four “keys” on the screen (lights guide...Read more

From the KarmetiK lab

Published in the Jan. 16, 2013, issue

The GANAPATIBOT succeeded the MahaDeviBot (page 36) and includes more options for striking the percussion instruments, along with speakers that play sounds from an iPod mini.Read more
Professor Steven Mackey in the recording studio at the Woolworth Music Center.

Composer at work

The critics said electric guitar and string quartet were oil and water. Steven Mackey proved them wrong

Published in the Jan. 16, 2013, issue

Almost from the moment he first picked up a guitar, in the fifth grade, Steven Mackey could coax ­amazing sounds out of it. By the time he was 13, his two older brothers, then 23 and 28, enlisted him to serve as a sort of magical-­mystery-tour guide during...Read more
Andy Akiho GS

Music without borders

For student composers, experimentation rules the day

Published in the Jan. 16, 2013, issue

Andy Akiho’s forays into musical composition began with the steel pan. A percussionist since his older sister introduced him to a drum set at the age of 9, Akiho first tried the steel pan as an undergraduate at the University of South Carolina. He was...Read more
Stanley Jordan ’81 performs at Iridium Jazz Club in New York City in November.

Profiles in music

Four Princeton artists and the lives they lead

Published in the Jan. 16, 2013, issue

When Jordan, a guitarist, songwriter, and four-time Grammy nominee, was in his mid-20s, he dazzled veteran musicians with his novel fast-tap method of playing, adapted from his classical piano studies as a child. But by the mid-’90s, after a half-dozen...Read more
Baiyu Chen ’08 performs at the release party for her recent mixtape, “Hunter,” at the New York City store of clothing designer Custo Barcelona, in June.Baiyu Chen ’08 performs at the release party for her recent mixtape, “Hunter,” at the New York City store of clothing designer Custo Barcelona, in June.

The D-I-Y road to stardom

How indie artists have become masters of invention

Published in the Jan. 16, 2013, issue

For the last nine hours, Baiyu Chen ’08 — known at Princeton as Sara — has been at her desk at an advertising office in midtown Man­hattan, planning digital marketing campaigns for clients on digital sites like Facebook and Twitter. Now it’s 6:30 p.m., and...Read more
Penna Rose conducts the Chapel Choir at a rehearsal Dec. 1 for a concert the following day.

Hitting the high notes

The Chapel Choir perfects Sundays

Published in the Jan. 16, 2013, issue

Every Sunday morning, when many Princeton students remain tucked in their beds after a night of carousing, the Chapel Choir bursts into joyous song. As singers’ voices bounce off the vaults of the world’s third-largest college chapel, the congregation must...Read more
Students could not contain their enthusiasm when Bruce Springsteen played in Jadwin Gym — causing $15,000 worth of damage to the floor.

Play a song for me

In the golden age of concerts, celebrated artists made Princeton a stop on their tours

Published in the Jan. 16, 2013, issue

Despite its small size and remoteness from the urban scene, Prince­ton University has hosted some unforgettable musicians. This was ­especially true in the ’50s, ’60s, and ’70s, which in retrospect were a golden age for popular music performance on...Read more
Judy Collins

Campus concerts

Published in the Jan. 16, 2013, issue

In addition to a steady stream of classical music at McCarter Theatre and campus ­venues — including performances by the New York Philharmonic, the Philadelphia Orchestra, and famed tenor Luciano Pavarotti — Princeton ­students were treated to a wide range...Read more
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