Students blend art, technology in Interactive Music Video Experiences class

For a live AR concert a team of students orchestrated as part of the Interactive Music Video Experience class, a phoenix rises onto a large LED wall in the soundstage of MAGIC Spell Studios. The creative elements were incorporated into a live performance by rapper Chi TheRealist.

A live AR concert, a relaxing VR experience featuring music from a local band, and a handmade interactive instrument were among the innovative, music-based projects interdisciplinary teams of RIT students had a chance to produce during the spring 2024 semester. 

The Interactive Music Video Experiences class represented a unique opportunity for students in the College of Art and Design, Golisano College for Computing and Information Sciences and School of Individualized Study. They were able to apply their ingenuity and technological sensibilities in collaboration with local professional musicians. The eclectic group of programmers, designers, artists, photographers, and filmmakers worked together to create interactive experiences incorporating the music of the local artists they partnered with. 

The class is taught by Susan Lakin, professor in the College of Art and Design and director of Frameless Labs, and Joe Geigel, professor in the Department of Computer Science

Final projects and accompanying behind-the-scenes videos can be found below. 

Augmented reality concert with rapper Chi TheRealist

Student team: Zach Adams (advertising photography), Donald Burke (computer science), Quinn Freidenburg (photojournalism), Yohermry Kpodo (new media design), Charlie Reilly (computer science), and Jason Salazar Tobar (School of Individualized Study)

Installing interactive/visual elements at a dance club to pair with the sounds of Body Language, a Rochester DJ collective

Student team: Massimo Greco (advertising photography), Niko Huber (new media interactive development), Sol Kumar (computer science), Aidan Makinster (School of Individualized Study), Rahul Misra (computer science), Jarrett Sims (advertising photography), and Figo Wang (visual media)

Moving Sound - a collaboration with Visiting Assistant Professor Matias Homar

Student team: Aemilia Blais (computer science), Hridiza Roy (computer science), and Olivia Schlichtkrull (graphic design)

Interactive VR experience featuring local band Wovenhome

Student team: Elyse Amorati (industrial design and computer science), Nathan Borkholder (computer science), Jack Connolly (visual media), and Caroline Robbins (advertising photography)

Game project in collaboration with sound artist Andromeda Bell

Student team: Orion DiLorenzo (computer science), Julian Heuser (computer science), and Chris Lauretti (illustration)

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