from an alumnus about music and Princeton
May 24, 2002
In the April 24 issue, Caroline Moseley writes fluently of Perry
Cooks computer science lab at Princeton and his efforts toward
extending its domain into musical performance and other areas of the arts.
At one point, Moseley notes that "Cook holds what the computer science
department and music department both believe to be the only such joint
appointment in the country." While this may be true, at least at
the teaching level, there are other interesting ventures in this dual
field led by multiqualified academic personnel. For the past year or more,
James Oliverios of the University of Floridas music faculty has
been the first director of UFs Digital Worlds Institute. Its project
"Dancing Beyond Boundaries" won the "most courageous and
creative" award at last years Global Supecomputing Conference.
I confess, though to having mixed feelings about the real value of all
this dazzling gadgetry to the art of music. PAW has reinforced a growing
media fascination with cutting-edge stories, while I continue to yearn
for explorations of the fine and performing arts themselves. I seem to
recall that such articles used to be a mainstay of the magazine back in
the 1960s and 70s.