"Drawing Noise," an innovative multimedia piece, made its world premiere at the International Festival for Innovations in Music Production and Composition (IFIMPaC) at Leeds College of Music in Leeds, England, United Kingdom. IFIMPaC attracts innovative musical compositions and performances from composers throughout Europe and North America. Its paper presentations and performances explore the latest innovations in production techniques, electonic music composition, image sonification, multichannel soundscape compositions, impulse responses in an audio-visual live performance, electronic and digital instrument-building practices and expressive diffusion.
Dr. Ivan Elezovic, assistant professor in the Department of Music, represented the collaborative team that created "Drawing Noise" at IFIMPaC 2015. Elezovic served as the composer and sound engineer for the project. Visual artist and assistant professor in the Department of Art, Prof. Chung-Fan Chang served as its art director and principal performer. Prof. Mark Geil, photographer and assistant professor in the Department of Art, served as the director of photography. The ideas inspiring "Drawing Noise" developed from the talks given by Dr. Elezovic and Prof. Chang in the 2012-2013 year of the Brown Bag Research Talks Series. Subsequently, they presented the completed work during this academic year's Brown Bag Research Talks Series.
Dr. David Akombo and Prof. Andrew Lewis demonstrate elements of their research project, "Academic and Psychological Effects of Engaging Learners in Live Jazz Music Improvisation." (Dr. Taunjah Bell is a co-investigator.) This presentation was one of the Center's Brown Bag Research Talks featuring works-in-progress and recent research by Jackson State faculty members.
Henry Brady, Dean of the Goldman School of Public Policy and Class of 1941 Monroe Deutsch Professor of Political Science and Public Policy at the University of California, Berkeley, presented the fifth Holden Lecture, “Class, Race and Political Polarization in America.”
A panel of senior Jackson State faculty and typical reviewers of tenure and promotion applications suggest best practices and strategies for successfully navigating the tenure and promotion processes. They also answer questions about proposed guideline changes.
Jackson State University is designated as a "high research activity" institution by the Carnegie Foundation.
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