Music 66 /
Engineering Science 95me

Electronic Musical Instrument Design

Instructor: Paul D. Lehrman   •   M, W 1:30 - 2:45 pm

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with Professor Lehrman from

The debut concert of the
Tufts Electronic Music Ensemble
December 8, 2012

Watch it on !
(2013 concert to be posted soon…)


What is this Course and Who Should Take It?

Course Requirements, Policies, Calendar


Readings, Documentation & Media

Lecture notes

Max Patch examples

Guest Presentations—Spring 2014:
All presentations are open to the public

Wednesday, January 29: Leon Gruenbaum Samchillian, a relativistic instrument

Monday, February 10: Vessela StoyanovaMarimba Lumina

TBD: Bruce Ronkin, Northeastern University, Yamaha WX5 wind controller

TBD: Mario DeCiutiis, Alternate Mode Inc. — Mallet KAT and other controllers

Read about this course:

Winter 2007

November 2006

August 2005

November 13, 2001

Bridging the Gap Between Art and Science Education Through Teaching Electronic Musical Instrument Design
by instructor Paul Lehrman and student Todd Ryan, presented at the 5th
New Interfaces for Musical Expression

conference, Vancouver, Canada, May 2005.
2013 Final Projects
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The Rainflute

Tom Cahill
Case Jemison
Meredith Packer

The Jazz Hands

Liam Cassidy
Saul Sparber
Drew Zeiba

The Electric Slide
(a/k/a The Lehremin)

Nick Adolph
Ben Silver
Jake Lazarus

Electronic Musical Instrument Design
in Performance!

The Tufts Electronic Music Ensemble performs Pink Floyd's
Atom Heart Mother Suite
December 5, 2008

Paul Lehrman and Phil Acimovic perform Imaginary Dialogues
two Wii Remotes at the "ElectroNME" concert,
April 25, 2008

Seth Goldenberg plays the
Wireless M*A*R*T*H*A at the
"Composers in Transit"
concert, April 12, 2007


Project reports from past years…

The Modular Composition Arcade

Ben Ewing
Eli Kohlenberg
Jeffrey Prescott
Scott Winther

Loop Loop Revolution

John Bradley
Scott Jacobson
Joo Kang

The Boxitron 5,000,000

Neil Foxman
Nick Harmon
Andrew Schweig
Jonathan Wolf

The E-Ccordian

Kristen Ford

Nick Fuchs
Zach Meyer
Lloyd Olson

The Laser Bass

Anit Das
Peter Edwards
Nate Typrowicz-Cohen
Andrew Kim

The DJ Hands

Tyler Andrews

Brian Bresee
Patrick McKelvy
Matt Seaton


The griDJ • The Kitty Bass Big Daddy • The Sorcerer
The Swords of MIDI • Box O' Bouncy Balls


Max MIDI Talk Box • The Thimble-izer
The MIDI Trumpet • The Fanny Pick

The Racket Saber
Drum Pants

The Xenbox • The Octable
The Musical Stick • Red vs. Blue
MusicaI Shoes • The Electronic Baby
The MIDI Tie • One Man Band (v2.0)

Edward Sensorhands
The Digital Washboard
The Virtual Lunga
The Carstrument

The Ubertheremin
The Laserharp
The Robolunga
The Schwinnophone

The Four-Wheeled Cello
The M*A*R*T*H*A
The Big-A**Box
The Stringless Guitar

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