Red Bull Hackathon Call for Submissions

Interested in engineering or programming? Loved your Analog/Digital Electronics courses? Now’s your chance to turn your ideas into a reality! Red Bull is hosting their second “Hack the Hits” event for all of the experimenters among us. If your submission is accepted, you’ll be flown out to the Techshop warehouse in San Francisco to develop your prototype. With renowned mentors such as Moldover & Ean Golden, you’ll have two days to wow the judges, among them hip-hop innovators The Cool Kids and OWSLA co-owner Blaise James. Open only to students, this is an incredible opportunity for the talented tinkerers in our department! For more information on how to apply, visit the Hack The Hits website.

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Student Spotlight: Ben Lidsky

Ben Lidsky

As students get back into the swing of things this semester, we’ve been excited to learn about everything that they’ve been up to this summer! Music Technology Junior Ben Lidsky came back with stories of a mysterious internship that landed him in studio sessions with rappers such as Chief Keef, Fredo Santana, D Double E and more. We sat down with Ben to find out exactly how he ended up working with some of the top artists on Interscope Records.

Max Lord’s Secret Studio

Growing up in Denver, Ben met local dubstep promoter Max Lord, who would later join hip-hop supergroup 808 Mafia with TM88 and Southside. After a few years of sending Lord instrumentals, Lidsky got a late night phone call at the beginning of the summer asking him to come to Los Angeles and work as Lord’s assistant at his secret home studio.

Once Ben arrived, circumstances had changed and Max Lord was travelling to Atlanta to set up a new studio. Ben was told to “hold things down” in LA, and on his first day he had his first of what would lead to many encounters with Chief Keef and Fredo Santana. With nobody else around, he quickly acquainted himself with the boards and recorded “Snatch His Chain,” which is now available on Fredo Santana’s “Fredo Kruger 2” mixtape. Throughout the rest of the summer, Ben recalls “waking up at Max’s house and seeing 2 Rolls Royce roll up,” knowing that another client was looking for a last minute, low-key studio session.

This semester, Ben is studying at NYU Prague and has connected with some members of the Czech rap community. We’re all eager to see what he does next! In the meantime, check out some of his work with Walt Grizzly and B Sneaks below.

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Remembering Don Buchla

This time last year, we mourned the loss of iconic music technologist Don Buchla. Today, we remember his legacy, from work with NASA, in audiology, and of course his various synthesizers, championed by legendary composers such as Morton Subotnick as well as modern experimenters like Floating Points.

Described by Suzanne Ciani as a “Renaissance Man,” his vast body of 

work truly captures the ethos of our department, wherein musicians and engineers can learn side by side. Here in New York, we boast a Buchla 200 model in our Studio A synthesizer collection. 

Known for its rich sound and unconventional controls, it’s to this instrument that we owe such albums as Subotnick’s “Silver Apples of the Moon,” and Jonathan Fitoussi & Clemens Hourrièreas’ “Five Steps, ”

not to mention countless student compositions. Students studying in Paris through our partnership with IRCAM, with whom Buchla was a consultant and guest researcher, might get a look at the facility’s Buchla 300 model. Explore the above links for your weekend listening pleasure, and long live Buchla!



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SWiTCH September Meeting

As we enter week 2, SWiTCH (Society of Women in Technology) is hosting their first meeting of the semester! Students are invited to join in Steinhardt’s 6th Floor Conference Room at noon to meet some of the amazing women from inside and outside of our department as they discuss AES presence and upcoming MARL events.


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