EMP Class Project
New York at Night

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New York At Night was a multimedia improvisatory composition and performance, created as a class project during the spring semester of 2014 by students in the NYU Steinhardt Electronic Music Performance class.

The images were photographs of New York taken by a student.


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The sounds were recorded by students. The audio of New York at Night was realized in two stages: first, assembling a library of New York sounds, which, in addition to field recordings of raw material, included selecting and editing the sounds to be used in the performance; second, creating a structure for organizing the sounds. The structure took its form as a sequence of atmospheres. An atmosphere was considered a personality, a tone, or a mood, felt in an aspect of New York life. The sequence of atmospheres was Dark Streets, City Rhythms, Traffic, Voices, and The Subway.

Dark Streets, City Rhythms



The Subway

The students in the Electronic Music Performance class did the field recording, the photography, and participated in selection, pre-mixes, editing, and other aspects of the composition process. In performance, following the sequence of atmospheres, students improvised mixes of the sounds and projected corresponding images. The result was a multimedia portrait of New York at Night.


Peyton Jane Kennedy
Alice Chiu
Andrew Spencer Boskin
David Christopher Stone
Erik Aditya Djanuismadi
John Dougherty
Jacob E Gunther IV
Jeffrey Robert Glenn Jr.
Kelly Anne DiCicco
Marlon Frederick Fischer
Ye Yuan
Zhiguang Zhang
Zachary Levine-Caleb

Joel Chadabe, Faculty
Tom Beyer, Technical Director for the Performance

When & where
Thursday, May 15, 2014 @ 8pm
Frederick Loewe Theater, 35 West 4th Street
New York

Admission free