The Electronic Music Studio (E-329 HFAC) is devoted to the creation of new compositions that extend and continue to explore the sound worlds introduced by classical electronic music. In addition to an analog synthesizer and reel-to-reel tape machines, the studio is equipped with eight-channel sound and a ProTools HD system, and with a Power Mac G5 tower that is equipped with the latest electronic music software: Max 5, Native Instrument’s Komplete package, Logic Pro, and a KYMA X system.
The studio is directed by Steven Ricks and is used by composition faculty and graduate and undergraduate students for composition projects and audio editing. Former studio users have gone on to study electronic music at several distinguished institutions, including Dartmouth, the University of Illinois, Indiana University, NYU, the CUNY Graduate Center, and the Center for the Composition of Music Iannis Xenakis (CCMIX) in Alfortville, France.
Recent music composition graduate and EMS TA Lance Montgomery won Second Prize in the 2009 SEAMUS Student Commission Competition.
Pieces created in the BYU EMS are frequently heard at the conferences of SEAMUS, ICMA, and on the Utah Crosstalk concert series. The Utah Crosstalk series was begun by Steven Ricks of BYU and Miguel Chuaqui of the University of Utah and is a forum for the exchange of music and ideas between the two universities.